>It's all just practice. There's a jazz guitarist in the Pacific Northwest >(sorry forgot his name) who plays similarly close-voiced chords a lot. He >recommends having a low action on your guitar and using the side of the >index finger instead of the pad for the most extreme stretches. Keep in >mind that Holdsworth will occasionally fret notes with the right hand. >So basically, just lower your action, work your way up, etc. Relax, of >course. :) > I think you are reffering to John Stowell?