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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A good way to avoid this is to set the metronome to 8th notes and then play one note per click to make sure each note is accurately placed within the bar. Oct 9, 1. Oct 9, 4. Do you already have an account? A lauded musician who humbly shrugged off any suggestions of his proficiency.

What that meant was to personally discover what scales could be built from the 12 notes in an octave, by literally writing out every possible combination. You have the choice here of using legato with fourth, third, second and first fingers, or using four, two and one and then sliding down to the next note. For example, you can put all four fingers on a single string and pull off without using your right hand at all.

Go with what works for you and the hands you possess. How to play in a modern style and how to break out of box patterns. No, create an account now. 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.

His set legayo quite light and he was using poplar, basswood, and other body woods that are light. Oct 9, 6. The Gear Page is run by musicians for musicians. A special thank you to the ‘new’ guys that helping out. Oct 9, 3. At that time, he used very, very light strings.



In general, most of his voicings would have four notes without any doubling of the octave. To help explain his approach, imagine we labelled the 12 notes [E-T]; a five-note scale could be [] or [] or [] and so on and on, to create unique scales there would aklan be six-note scales, seven-note scales, eight-note scales and so on.

This will allow you to work these slurs into the scale if you use an alternate fingering. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

That means that if he’s playing on the E string something like D C B A he picks the D with his pinky, than he plays hammer-ons from nowhere with the other fingers? Does it have any sense to play in his style without distortion and a lot of compression? Used by modern players such as Allan Holdsworthwhose playing inspired me to check out these fingerings, four-note-per-string scales can help bring a more modern flavor to your lines, expand your knowledge of the neck and allow you to cover a large amount of fretboard real estate with just one scale shape, all of which are beneficial to players looking to explore non-traditional scale fingerings in their playing.

The following example uses a couple of his devices known as side-stepping and constant structure. All of the exercises below are also great for building fretting-hand technique, but they can also be very tiring on the fingers and fretting hand.

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A laid-back conversational persona, with the unlaziest attitude imaginable to the development of theory, improvisation, rhythm and technique. Since there are more slides than picks, many players tend to lose focus on the time and rhythm with this exercise.

I often get asked about two holdsworgh You can finger this with all four fingers of your fretting hand or incorporate a position shift which you may need in the lower – or perhaps all – positions.

Oct 9, 5. It’s an aggressive lgato hand approach he doesn’t like the sound of pull-offsmore a lifting off technique. Share This Page Tweet. We’ve added some “new” guys to the moderator crew.


Home Forums Recent Posts. This is where the slo motion comes in handy. Triads, 7th and 9th chords would include added notes, omitted notes and unexpected bass notes. Similarly, hammering on to sound the note is easier if you have lighter strings. Matt Warnock is the owner of mattwarnockguitar. Oct 9, 2. While these scales lie nicely under the fingers once you get them down, there are two roadblocks many players face when exploring these scales for the first time, finding the notes and finding a fingering that works for you.

Again, there are endless possibilities in how this can be employed. Oct 9, 9. You must log in or sign up to reply here. He’s well 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.

As for pulling off, the technique doesn’t require pick attack. Time to get a little holddworth. If you are 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. Search Media New Media. Most Active Authors Latest Reviews.

Do you use four-note-per-string scales in your playing or have a favorite way to practice them in the woodshed? Don’t Miss Classic interview: Allah, use a hammer going up the scale and a pull-off on the way back down.

Every note is in D Melodic Minor, but the three-note cell leaps around the fretboard. I play these scales with one finger per note, across each string, but not everyone will feel comfortable with this fingering.