As one of the most unique and respected guitarists in the world, Allan Holdsworth has influenced countless others, including legendary artists. If you’re a wee bit confused, you’re in luck because Holdsworth explains it all in the video. In the process, he identifies 10 “really usable scales”. Well, Allan Holdsworth not only mastered horn-like phrasing and tone, but he managed to do it whether he used Gibsons, Fenders, Charvels.

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I start with a hairy sound, give it a shave, and see what’s left.

That would be a very nice legacy. Holdsworth died Sunday, April 16,at age I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but there’s more likelihood now of me being frustrated with my own ability to a point of not wanting to do it anymore, than there is of it pushing me forward.

Now, Carvin and I are in the process of making a headless version of my signature model, because I really like the way the headless guitar hangs on me.

Allan Holdsworth – Guitar Instructional Video (1992)

The other thing I like to do is to put my hands in a bowl of hot water. And, unlike many other players seeking bell-like sounds, Holdsworth didn’t plug an archtop into a Polytone and call it a day. Whether it’s Charlie Christian drawing inspiration from tenor giant Lester Young, or John McLaughlin channeling the spirit of John Coltrane, guitarists of all stripes have been infatuated by the endlessly inventive improvisations and tonal complexity of modern saxophone masters.

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However, the guitar is obviously a lot different from a saxophone. By that time, most engineers had come around to recording a loud amplifier. I choose a note to start my improvisation, and I go from there—just trying to make some melody or sense out of it.

The guy is a giant. This is because I already know I don’t know what I’m going to do! In the mystifying yet very relaxing clip below—before he starts demonstrating his 10 most useful scales—Holdsworth explains how he tried to use math as a means of mastering scales when he was holdswprth.

Allan Holdsworth’s 10 Most Useful Scales | Guitarworld

Also, I kind of believe that a live show is an event that’s only meant to be experienced by the people who happened to be there at that point in time. Couple that with the fact there are hundreds of bootlegs of my gigs out there, so it’s like, why bother? I felt my improvising during that time was okay, and I’d occasionally hear stuff that I’d never played before. It’s really weird, man. So I approached Yamaha with an idea about putting a rack full of delays into a little box.

I just know it’s a lot harder for me now than it used to be. It’s like I’m trying to give the sound a shave. We were working with an incredible engineer named Bruce Botnick, and he was great at understanding exactly what I was looking for.

So rather than predicting any particular motion with my fingers during warm up exercises, I’ll just wiggle them in hot water until they’re loose.



Once you push an amp into distortion, you’re essentially turning a,lan into a little compressor, which means you really have to concentrate on not making extraneous noises between notes. And, you know, eight out of ten guitarists who saw me play it would come up and ask if I could make it sound like a Fender Stratocaster.

Are you getting more comfortable with your huge influence on modern guitar? We were going to record two nights. How much time do you spend with the instrument each day? I couldn’t figure out why I liked my sound at gigs, but hated it every time it was recorded.

Have you always approached the instrument like that?

That’s where I learned what kind of mic I wanted to use, and where it goes on the speaker. As one YouTube commenter put it, Holdsworth could be considered a test case of “reinventing the wheel.

Allan Holdsworth – REH Instructional

I’ll play a couple of local gigs around San Diego instructionwl Los Angeles, and that’s it. Actually, I learned that really early on. As a result of his studies and other influences, he realized chords are merely parts of scales that are being played simultaneously.

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