Holdsworth's 10 Most used Improv Scales:

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    The last one looks like a candy cane!


    Or Barber pole.
     
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    Only good bump ever. Thanks for the chart :cheers:
     
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    Far be it for me to question Holdsworth, but I'm pretty sure #4 isn't harmonic major. Harmonic major from what I know is major b6, not... whatever that is. And it would've been more useful had they all been in the same key >.>
     
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    OOOOOOH! Good eye Brian!

    The name of Scale#4 should be "E Harmonic Major". :wallbash:

    A Minor (Maj7, #4) - (E Harmonic Major)
     
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    That sounds really cool.

    Do you happen to know which issue he wrote the article in/Where I can get it??(Im assuming he wrote it for guitar techniques)
     
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    I remember a similar article from way back in the early 90's by Shawn - its possible the one Mr Romeo is referring to is either in a same vein, or a re-write of that one. Either way I'd love to see it!!
     
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    Scale 4 is A Lydian Diminished, the fourth mode of E Harmonic Major (as was said before).

    I believe scales 6, 7, and 9 are "bebop" scales.

    Scale 6 is Bb Bebop Major scale.

    Scale 7 is C Bebop Dominant Major scale, or alternatively, G Bebop Dorian scale.

    Scale 9 is A Bebop Melodic Minor scale.

    Scale 8 looks like some variation of a bebop scale but I'm not sure what the official name is...

    And hell if I know what 10 is!
     
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    I am madly in love with Allan Holdsworth now. This may be a little off topic, but do you guys know any songs of his that are fairly easy to play?
     
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    hello everyone,

    I just love Allan and his music !!
    will it be possible for you to get me the same maps in Eb for 6 strings guitar
    here s my email laurent72 at gmail dot com
    many thanks in advance
     
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    Just transpose it down one fret? If your tuning is Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb then you really don't need to change anything - the intervals are still all the same :)
     
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    I know that fretboard image :agreed:

    Thanks for using my app, hope you like it!
     
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    That chart is a great example of the commonality of the geometric similarities of the different scales. Okay beyond the last of course, which gives some great tonal variations/tensions to utilize when changing grooves or tie in to the next phrase.

    For the shapes, that's how I think music now; the geometry of w/e, based over the scale and chords. The chords give a color/feel and geometry fits in/against said feel/color to either resolve or cause tension. After 3 decades of reading, writing & playing music, it becomes muscle memory almost.

    Great tool/find to have @ anyone's disposal! :yesway:

    Derek
     
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    Hey, Guys
    Sorry to necro bump this. But the video isn't working? Is there another vid of it on youtube if anyone knows what it is?
     
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    holdsworth is god, thanks for posting this!
     
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    I love these scales! now I have to learn how to use them!
     

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