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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MELODY CHORDS FOR GUITAR

Where do you even start with Allan Holdsworth? - Synthaxe enthusiast and a man considered by many to be the greatest guitar-player on the planet - he's a modest and humble musician - the guitar hero's guitar hero.

Here's Allan in be-tweed'd Bert Weedon Mode lol:



Check out his work on the first UK album (1978): chocful of precision-tooled playing in a pre-Pro Tools Era where mistakes couldn't be corrected or quantised. Those guys were on The One, for sure. But Holdsworth also demonstrates some slow n beautifully emotive licks; sustained notes that hover and float, never quite going where you expect them to. It's fluid without being flashy.

There's some really nice footage out there of him playing with a 1973 incarnation of Soft Machine, but the embedding is disabled, so you'll have to go search for it yrself.

My Prog pal Chris and I were recently fetishing about this late 60's album by 'Igginbottom's Wrench (featuring a very young Holdsworth) which neither of us have actually ever heard lol.



I also feel obliged to mention that AH recorded a 'solo' album called "Wardenclyffe Tower", named after the wireless broadcast-tower designed by Tesla.