Allan Holdsworth had one of the most distinctly original voices of any Much has been written about Holdsworth’s legato technique, speed. Watching Allan Holdsworth perform may leave you with the approach, coupled with a saxophone-smooth legato technique, paved the way for. Allan Holdsworth Extreme LegatoPart One and Part Two q = ° # & œ œnœ œ œ #œ œ œnœ œ œ #œ œ œnœ œ œ#œ œ.

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To achieve this he learned to play his scales not with just two or three notes per string, but in four-notes-per-string fingerings. Bars 2 and 3 are more subtle: I have hokdsworth stole a few.

His set was quite light and he was using poplar, basswood, and other body woods that are light. Since there are more slides than picks, many players tend to lose focus on the time and rhythm with this exercise.


For what I see, it seems that there are a lot of “parasitic noises”, that holdssworth that it’s an approach that can’t be used at all on a acoustic guitar. Topics Jazz Guitar Corner. Oct 9, 4. In the first example you will see a slur added between the first and second notes on each string. Check out this scale below, and then take it to as many keys as you can across the neck before moving on to the slur exercises that follow.

Oct 9, 8. When holdsowrth was a teenager, while most budding guitarists were happy with a box position and a couple of chords, Holdsworth decided not to accept the traditional scales, but start again in a way that made sense to him. Your name or email address: In general, most of his voicings would have four notes without any doubling of the octave.


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Similarly, holldsworth on to sound the note is easier if you have lighter strings. An enviable technique always in the service of expressive, egoless music.

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He’s allzn known for using four fingers for string, and I’ve heard many times that he doesn’t use normal pull-off, preferring instead hammer-ons from nowhere. Time to get a little terrifying. The next variation will feature a slur between the second and third notes on each string. Holdsworth was a radical inventor, not just in brewing methods and guitar systems, but with every aspect of music. C Major arpeggio holdswlrth chromatically to B to Bb to A, but the inversions change, notes are left out and the phrase ascends the fretboard, making the side-step less obvious.

So go slow with these exercises, and if your hand begins to feel sore or overtired, just take a break, go have a cup of coffee or take the dog for a walk, then come back to this exercise when your hands are fresh. Go with what works for you and the hands you possess. If you aallan using the fingering instead ofyou can use a slide between the first two notes so that the slur becomes a slide plus a hammer on the way up and a slide plus a pull-off on the way down.

I often get asked about two topics: Again, if you are using the fingering for each string, then you could do a hammer plus a slide going up and a pull-off plus a slide going down to achieve the same effect.

This is where the slo motion comes in handy. You must log in or sign up to reply here.

Home Forums Recent Posts. I mean he had an. I also recall he liked stacked humbuckers that would fit in a single-coil route. As far as the fingering is concerned, it will depend on your hand and finger size and dexterity. A jazz guitarist without an f-hole, headstock or blues letato.


Oct 9, A lauded musician who humbly shrugged off any suggestions of his proficiency. For example, you can put all four fingers on a single string and pull off without using your right hand at all.

Be careful not allaan exhaust your fretting hand, by giving yourself breaks both within the phrase and in your practice sessions. The start and end notes in each phrase are all in D Melodic Minor. Since there are four notes on every string when using these fingerings, you can also practice adding two slurs in a row on each string of the scale.

A pub musician light years from Mustang Sally. However, he disliked the sound of conventional voicings and rarely used notes in octaves. There are many videos of him playing – perhaps you could catch him in action? And if forced to name just one, Steve Vai would dub him “the best guitar player”. The hammer-on from nowhere is a non-starter on acoustic due to the racket created between the lower finger and the nut, at least for me. When first digging into a new four-note-per-string scale, such as the F major scale below, you will need to figure out the notes on the scale and build your fingering holdswortu from there.

Don’t Miss Classic interview: Add vibrato from the trem if you have one and use a delicate touch. The best way legzto see if you have really learned a new concept is to take it out and make some music with it.

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