At the time I was struggling a lot with music theory. I just couldn’t make sense of it, or find a way to apply it to guitar, and this was holding me back. The first time I watched Allan’s REH instructional video, his approach just clicked for me. It just made so much sense to me, and the point where I would wonder if it really was that deceptively simple, or whether I had missed the point. As I began to apply the principles of his system for learning chords and scales, I started to realize the potential of it, and more importantly, how far Allan has taken it. This, I believe, is part of his genius: not only creating his own system for understanding music, but the sheer depth to which he has taken it is mind-blowing to say the least. I maintain that the concepts are incredibly simple to grasp, it’s the lengths Allan has taken them to that make him simply unreachable as a guitarist, composer and musician.
To get your mind to where Allan’s is, you need to question everything, especially the things you’ve taken as read. It all goes out the window here as in Allan’s system you won’t find chords nicely stacked in thirds, or much use for key signatures for that matter; there are no CAGED or 3NPS patterns—in fact, patterns become dots that light up the length of the entire neck, and everything is derived holistically from scales and interval permutations.
Joining the Dots
If you’ve seen Allan’s REH video, it gives you a glimpse into how he thinks, but it’s only after experiencing these concepts for yourself (for a number of years) that you start to be able to join the dots, and realize why he does things the way he does, right down to his very technique.
A Guitarist’s Guide
What I wanted to do with the latest eBook, ‘How to Play Like Allan Holdsworth: A Guitarist’s Guide’, was to go more in depth than other people have gone with Allan’s way of understanding the guitar, so that you can grasp these concepts and apply them to your own playing; as well as having that jaw-dropping moment when you realize just how far they can go, and how far Allan has taken them. In the eBook we connect the dots through insight into Allan’s method for learning scales and chords, the necessity of four-note-per-string scales, and the fundamental idea behind Allan’s technique, should you want to emulate his guitar sound.
‘How to Play Like Allan Holdsworth: A Guitarist’s Guide‘ is available on Amazon Kindle, check it out here.