Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth



Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017)[1] was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.

Holdsworth was known for his advanced knowledge of music, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions and intricate solos; the latter comprising myriad scale forms often derived from those such as the diminished, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, resulting in an unpredictable and "outside" sound. His unique legato soloing technique stemmed from his original desire to play the saxophone. Having been unable to afford one, he strove to use the guitar to create similarly smooth lines of notes. He also become associated with playing an early form of guitar synthesizer called the SynthAxe, a company he endorsed in the 1980s.

Holdsworth was cited as an influence by a host of rock, metal and jazz guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen,[2] Joe Satriani,[3] Greg Howe,[4] Shawn Lane,[5] Richie Kotzen,[6] John Petrucci,[7] Alex Lifeson,[8] Kurt Rosenwinkel,[9] Yngwie Malmsteen,[10] Michael Romeo,[11] Ty Tabor,[12] and Tom Morello.[13] Frank Zappa once lauded him as "one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet",[14] while Robben Ford has said: "I think Allan Holdsworth is the John Coltrane of the guitar. I don't think anyone can do as much with the guitar as Allan Holdsworth can."[15]



Eidolon is an album by musical artist Allan Holdsworth, released on April 7, 2017.
The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever
The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever is an album by musical artist Allan Holdsworth, released on April 7, 2017.
Wardenclyffe Tower
Wardenclyffe Tower is the seventh studio album by guitarist Allan Holdsworth, released in 1992 through Restless Records (United States) and JMS–Cream Records (Europe), and in 1993 through Polydor Records (Japan); a remastered edition was reissued in 2007 through Eidolon Efformation, containing three bonus tracks (alternative versions of "Tokyo Dream" from 1983's Road Games and "The-Unmerry-Go-Round" from 1985's Metal Fatigue) which were previously only available on the Japanese release.

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Steve Vai: Who I Think Is the Greatest Guitarist of All Time
  –  August 11, 2017
It just seems so obscene to put something so subjective into a best category. "But if I had to say there was one, I would pick Allan Holdsworth. "He was unique in ways that I don't think have been discovered yet. Many musicians can be considered ahead of ...
Summer of Gear! Kiesel Guitars!
  –  August 8, 2017
Jeff Kiesel shows off some gems from the Kiesel custom shop and other goodies — including a 7-string version of the late Allan Holdsworth's headless signature model. Intro and Outro music by Chris Steberl.
After show relocates, Primus and Clutch put on an inspired show for fortunate fans
  –  August 6, 2017
Guitarist Larry LaLonde used “American Life” to evoke the work of the jazz fusion pioneer Allan Holdsworth. The militant stomp of “Too Many Puppies” initiated mayhem among the tightly packed fans on the floor, a potentially dangerous situation that ...
Holdsworth Tribute: Water On The Brain Pt. II (Bass & Drum Solos)
  –  August 6, 2017
Back in July, a tribute concert for the late Allan Holdsworth took place at The Iridium in New York. Here’s a clip from the show featuring Holdsworth’s tune, “Water On The Brain Pt. II,” which featured some excellent solos by bassist Evan Marien ...
20 Ways To Play ii V I VI Chord Progressions
  –  August 3, 2017
The voicings I have chosen are what I call the “in between” voicings, fingerings that are in between the common beginner chords found in jazz chord books, and the advanced “way out” chords heard in the playing of guitarists like Allan Holdsworth ...
A Rare Treat For Oberheim Fans
  –  August 1, 2017
Exclusive interview with Herbie Hancock on his Oberheim synths and Allan Holdsworth on guitar synthesis Billy Ocean, Tony Kaye (Yes), Jeffrey Osborne and Tim Weisberg talk about their Oberheim gear Noise modulation, Pedal programming + "Sonic submarine ...
Final Interview Allan Holdsworth Talks Synthaxes Jaw …
  –  July 31, 2017
I know you love beer, and brewed your own at one time. Can you elaborate about that, and what is your favorite beer? —Mike Sabatino My favorite is Timothy Taylor, which is brewed in England. I used to brew my own beer, but it’s a lot of work and takes ...
Guitar Gear Review: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Allan Holdsworth Humbucker
  –  July 29, 2017
As guitarists go, Allan Holdsworth is generally associated with Carvin (more so these days, Kiesel). And yes, Kiesel does offer 2 different sets of Holdsworth humbuckers. He is also known to have used DiMarzios (the original DP103 PAF, as near as I can tell).
The Iridium to Celebrate Life & Music of Allan Holdsworth
  –  July 5, 2017
The Iridium will be celebrating the life and music of iconic British guitarist and composer Allan Holdsworth with a run of tribute shows July 5-7, 2017. The tribute shows will feature the Allan Holdsworth Band - Virgil Donati, Steve Hunt, Evan Marian ...

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