Monster 4NPS Scale Runs without the Monster Stretches

I’ve been a huge fan of 4NPS (four-note-per-string) scales ever since I first saw them on the Allan Holdsworth REH DVD back when it was a video cassette in the late 90s. If you’ve ever seen Holdsworth play, you’ll probably…

The Holdsworthian Approach to Diminished Scales

In honor of the passing of one of my most influential guitar heroes, Allan Holdsworth, and perhaps one of the most innovative guitarists of all time, I’d like to look at his use of diminished scales; in particular, the half-whole…

Scale Patterns, Optical Illusions, and the ‘Breaking Out’ Myth

Our latest eBook, ‘Shred Guitar Mechanics: Fretboard Dexterity through 4NPS Scales’, is the product of extensive research into the benefits of learning four-note-per-string (4NPS) scales on guitar, especially as regards shred playing or fast dexterous playing in any style. I’d…

Shred Guitar Secrets: 3NPS Meets 4NPS

Earlier this month we looked at 4NPS (four-note-per-string) scales as used by the likes of Allan Holdsworth in this article. There’s an interesting correlation between 3NPS and 4NPS patterns, in particular the fingering, which is good to realize early on…