Legato came easy to me because I was never good at alternate picking. Having said that I believe there is a real benefit to the style. I think it opens up the dynamics window a bit as it’s easy to flex between really soft, whispers of notes to louder and more energised passages. It’s really a lot about the strength of your fretting hand. I have some patterns to warm up on, but I remember as a student trying to sound like Holdsworth. I realised even on a fretted instrument you could pull a note flat as well as sharp - notes inbetween the frets - so the note goes beneath and above the fundamental pitch. It does require finger strength and control though so lots of careful practice and playing is needed.
articulations and phrasing from the video performance. It’d be well worth taking a close look at the way Allen fingers and picks the phrases. Hopefully there will be a new technique, lick or phrase in here for you to perfect. If you find one you like, then you can adapt it for use it in your own solos.
Once you have mastered some of the concepts in Allen’s solo why not try creating one of your own over the same backing track? To help with this we have included a handy one-page chord chart so you can see what’s going on, as well as the three scale fingerings that Allen discusses so you can plan your assault. Have fun and see you next time.
NEXT MONTH Allen gets funky with Jason’s brand new groover Palm Drive