Allan Holdsworth’s “secret” scale is one of the ultimate examples of ‘outside’ playing – here’s how to use it

by GuitarDomain

Instructor Juan Antonio has shown us how to wrangle Joe Bonamassa’s blazing pentatonics and spice up our electric guitar playing with a Plini and Steve Vai hack.

Now he’s back with a lesson on Allan Holdsworth’s “secret” scale, which he identifies as the third mode in French composer Olivier Messiaen’s famous modes of limited transposition system.

“This is one of the scales that Holdsworth likes to use that sounds a little bit more outside of that normal scaler diatonic type of sounding range,” Antonio explains.

(Image credit: Juan Antonio)

“It’s a really good tool to sort of sound like Holdsworth in different sections.”

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