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Re: holdsworth(was garbarek 1984)
I do believe that he uses the delays in series but if he used them in
parallel than it could make for stereo which I'm sure he's a stereo
guitarist. Perhaps if his site was still up we could ask him that.
The only reason that other guitarists consider his chordal style
uncomfortable is because they don't practice it much. I've got fairly small
hands and can play a lot of his chords. It just takes some practice, and
have to do some serious warm-ups. Now playing his chords on something like
synthaxe or a ztar that's a different story.
I wish I had the Uncommon Chord book because there is a lot of very useful
stuff if you're willing to learn it. Which for a lot of people is too much
and they end up putting him down. I do agree that sometimes he put's songs
out that are like other ones. But he's a Jazz guy and they never play the
same thing twice. I actually have a friend who learned to actually play
exactly like Allan (i know it sounds a bit far fetched) but it is very,
true. Although now it's a different game. He's learned to play like
Especially since he got a fretless guitar. Look at Robert Fripp. Tons of us
can't play his stuff, But I don't hear anyone putting him down, Except for
the way he talks.
From: Woehni <email@example.com>
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
Date: Thursday, April 16, 1998 10:49 PM
Subject: holdsworth(was garbarek 1984)
>As I recall, Holdsworth's reasoning is that a digital chorus effect is
>really nothing more than a bunch of very short delays. Thus he used
>an ADA delay unit for his sound.
Does he use them in series or in paralell?? I mean , does each short delay
feed the next one
creating a sort wash of delays???
>I have not seen the video but I do have teh book Just For the Curious.
>His phrasing is unique among guitarists (e.g. lots of perfect fourths)
>because he effortlessly uses fingerings that most guitarists would not
>consider "comfortable". It's worth checking out for guitarists (and
>Stick players) who want to take their phrasing in a different direction.
Is it "Reaching for the uncommon chord" you are referring too?
Ia considering buying that......do you think it is possible for a guy(me)
with normal stretching abilities to play his chords??
thanks , Thomas