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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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.

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I have definitely stole a few. I often get asked about two topics: For example, you can put all four fingers on a single string and pull off without using your right hand at all. 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.

Anyway, one can surmise that he likely experimented with string gauges on his other strings as well. There are many videos of him holdswoth – perhaps you could catch him in action?

This will allow you to work these slurs into the scale if you use an alternate legzto. A special thank you to the ‘new’ guys that helping out.


At that time, he used very, very light strings. These scales are built exactly lalan their name suggests, by playing four notes on each string as you climb up the neck, then simply reversing this approach on the way down. In general, most of his voicings would have four notes without any doubling of the octave.


Oct 9, 8. Home Forums Recent Posts. Yes, my password is: Since legaot 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.

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What that meant holsdworth to personally discover what scales could be built from the 12 notes in an octave, by literally writing out every possible combination. However, he disliked the sound of conventional voicings and rarely used notes in octaves.

Though not as common as in-position, the CAGED system or three-note-per-string scales, using four notes on each string can help you learn the notes of the neck, add more legato to your lines and break you out of box patterns letato the same time. Oct 9, 5. To get the most out of these exercises, make sure to use a metronome, starting at a slow tempo and slowly increasing the speed as you work these scale and slur variations in different keys across the neck.

Most Active Authors Latest Reviews. Do you use four-note-per-string scales in holdswortn playing or have a favorite way to practice them in the woodshed?

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Oct 9, 3. Check out four-note-per-string scales. Holdsworth was a radical inventor, not just in brewing methods and guitar systems, but with every aspect of music. From there you can start identifying “mathematical patterns” which lend themselves to long, legato lines.


Neer and Jason Calieri like this. His set was quite light and he was using poplar, basswood, and other body woods that are light. In the first example you will be adding a slur between the first, second and third notes on each string. He’s really aiming for a more violin or wind instrument style single note attack. These scales are used as the basis of all his ideas, so we will do the same here, but using the conventional naming system for convenience.

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 also be six-note scales, seven-note scales, eight-note scales and so on. I’ve never been sure about what he does, especially when he’s playing descending notes in legato.

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. Oct 9, Here is the process I used to work out the notes in the example below.

This is where the slo motion comes in handy.

As far as the fingering is concerned, it will depend on your hand and finger size and dexterity. As for aplan off, the technique doesn’t require pick attack.