Watching Allan Holdsworth perform may leave you with the impression wide- interval licks and ideas that you’ve never had access to before. Welcome to my second column/lesson! This month I’d like to talk about one of my favorite players of all time – Allan Holdsworth. He’s been a big influence in the.

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You will notice I incorporate my thumb in this lick also; I do this to enable myself to play longer one-string runs. Allan stops on the same note allowing licms to sing a bit, showing the clear change in harmony by sitting on the root for a few moments.


The speed and the wide intervalic playing was simply amazing. It starts on boldsworth C natural b7 and the phrase then descends in quarter note triplets across the next two bars ending on an Eb b9. I want to thank you all for reading my column, and I will hopefully see you next time, until then! Holdsworth represents everything that is good in the realm of guitar: He […] Diminished Possibilities: Part 2 Hey guys!

The last fast run mm. The vamp changes back to a D chord in measure 29, which is followed by another huge string skipping line which utilizes the Whole Tone scale 1 2 3 4 5 6 for the first 8 notes, and changes to a D Lydian Dominant scale 1 2 3 4 5 6 aloan for the remainder of the phrase, ending on a tritone against the D 4. This particular line is what I would focus on the most. Notice the almost Rubato feel the phrases have, always with such a smooth and efficient execution.


I alllan listening to Holdsworth play when I was holdswoeth kid—with complete disbelief at what I was hearing.

As with any technique I create, my main focus is that they enable me to play lines or alln that would otherwise not be possible at speed. They are better suited to modal playing, but I always love a challenge, and as you can hear from this lick, it really creates an amazing sound!

Licke, this was what I took out of his style and approach. For this lick Allan is using very wide intervallic lines via string skips — something very common to his playing. I want to show you some of the […]. Launched on Monday, October 15th, The phrase ends with a chromatic descending line that resolves on G natural root.

This is played with alaln up-strokes. Notice again how he avoids the downbeat when starting a phrase. This is repeated on the G string, but this time its only a three-note run with the third note being the start of the arpeggio.

The third phrase mm.

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Allan ends this phrase in the first beat of measure 16 with a lick from hell! This solo is a great example for all players focusing on Rock playing in general, because it shows how much one can really do over a simple vamp. Traditionally, we are taught to play scales and runs using a combination of two and three notes per string.


Part 2 Minor Artist Riff: The second line mm. I think you should have mentioned what chord each section was played over and maybe why those scales work over them. It is by far the most technically challenging part and a very unique way to play up and down the pentatonic scale on one string.

Download the latest version here. Allan is outlining an 8 note synthetic scale, which includes both b9 and 9 — 1 b2 9 3 4 5 b6 b7.

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Once again you can see Allan refusing to highlight only one harmonic possibility for the vamp he is playing over, choosing instead to color the simple vamp with phrases that imply more harmonic motion than is really there. The first line we are going to break down mm.

I believe it’s important to listen to as many guitar players as possible and do holdsaorth best to learn something from them all. Notice how Allan lets the phrase breathe with the wide open phrasing and his rhythmic control — By starting and ending the phrase on off-beats, the sense of predictability is lost. To play these string skipping lines, be sure to practice at a slow tempo where you avoid hitting the string you are not playing.