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 don’t know what it’s like for everybody else. Things haven’t changed a whole lot.

The moisture gets into my skin, and I can grab the strings better. I wish I could hear a solo in my head from the very first note to the very last, but they kind instructionwl go their own way. Actually, I learned that really early on. That would be a very nice legacy. Beginning with his release, I.

I used to just sit and play the guitar before I went on, but I’d find myself falling into all these patterns and things I didn’t want to play. I must have Attention Deficit Disorder or something. Also, I kind holdsworyh believe that a live show is an event that’s only meant to be experienced vido the people who happened to be there at that point in time. Hopefully, I motivated some players enough for them to move the guitar forward and take it to yet another level.

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As one YouTube commenter put it, Holdsworth could be considered a test case of “reinventing the wheel. Once you push an amp into distortion, you’re essentially turning it into a little compressor, which means you really have to concentrate on not making extraneous noises between notes.

And it’s not because I don’t want to. Sometimes, I make the most progress when I haven’t touched the guitar for weeks.


Are you getting more comfortable with your huge influence on modern guitar?


I loved the Synthaxe because it was still a guitar, but it took me into a whole other world of textures and sounds that I couldn’t do with a standard electric.

Have we become more progressive since then? It can do both. I get to a certain point, and then I get fed up and go do something else. You’ve always been hyper-critical of your playing.

You’re not a big fan of live records. You know, I can feel so bad about how I played after a gig that I won’t want to see a guitar for months. It’s very flattering, obviously. Do you find it easier to get your sound these days?

I just know it’s a lot harder for me now than it used to be. I throw them in a suitcase, and off I go. Is there anything you do before a gig to put yourself in the best headspace to improvise?

Then, I have two or three different EQ variations of that sound for different rooms. I’m happy with my sound to a certain extent, but you get frustrated a lot easier the older you get, and you grow weary of the chase. Back when you were beginning to experiment with guitar synthesis, you lamented that guitarists tended to be closed minded to new sounds and approaches.

I’ve never heard you cite any compositional influences. But to compose, I have to sit down with a guitar and focus, and when things aren’t as I want them, it’s very easy to get scatterbrained and drift from one thing to another—which results in a cycle of non-productivity. I’ll play a couple of local gigs around San Diego or Los Angeles, and that’s it. As a result of his studies and other influences, he realized chords are merely parts of scales that are being played simultaneously.

So I think my view is that things are still the same. In the process, he identifies 10 “really usable scales” that you can use for “most everything. Like a vide of guitarists myself includedHoldsworth had his own musical language and, as a result, his own naming conventions for several scales—and who knows what else.


I think this is going to make a lot of people laugh, but, early in my career in the ’60s, I was playing with some local band, and we had an opportunity to go into the studio.

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It’s a constant balance for me, and I’m just waiting to see which way the scales fall. I try to play every day, but instructoinal may only be for 15 minutes.

By sheer force of will, Holdsworth created one of the most identifiable guitar voices in modern music. I don’t know if they were paranoid about them being stolen or what, but I’ve worked in studios where people have been fired for moving mics. I want you to record this allna. It’s for no other purpose.

Allan Holdsworth – Guitar Instructional Video (1992)

I often get into problems if I try to think ahead. If you’re a wee bit confused, you’re in instructiinal because Holdsworth explains it all in the video.

Is right now a better climate for your music than it was, say, in the s?

I like talking to the fans, but, before the gig, I start thinking more about their concerns, rather than my own. Do you hear solo lines in your head before you play them?

I can’t get past the first two bars. Distortion gets in the way. Newer Post Older Post Home. His pick is a 1mm Dunlop.