Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth
Birth Name Allan Holdsworth
Born 6 August 1946, Bradford, England
Died 15 April 2017 (aged 70), Vista, California, US
Genres Jazz Fusion, Instrumental Rock, Progressive Rock
Instruments Guitar, SynthAxe
Associated Acts 'Igginbottom, Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, John Stevens, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford, U.K., Gordon Beck, Gary Husband, Jack Bruce, Chad Wackerman, Level 42, Planet X, HoBoLeMa

Allan Holdsworth (6 August 1946 – 15 April 2017) was a British jazz fusion and progressive rock guitarist and composer.

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Best Solo by Allan Holdsworth
Best Solo by Allan Holdsworth
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Blues For Tony (JohnFloyd)
Blues For Tony (JohnFloyd)
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Trio Live #3
Trio Live #3

Holdsworth was known for his highly advanced knowledge of music theory, through which he incorporated a vast array of complex chord progressions, often using unusual chord shapes in an abstract way based on his understanding of “chord scales”, and intricate improvised solos, frequently across shifting tonal centres. He used a myriad of scale forms often derived from those such as the Lydian, diminished, harmonic major, augmented, whole tone, chromatic and altered scales, among others, often resulting in an unpredictable and dissonant “outside” sound. His unique legato soloing technique stemmed from his original desire to play the saxophone. Unable to afford one, he strove to use the guitar to create similarly smooth lines of notes. He also became 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, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, YngwieMalmsteen, Michael Romeo, Ty Tabor, and Tom Morello. Frank Zappa once lauded him as “one of the most interesting guys on guitar on the planet”, 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.”

Top 3 Allan Holdsworth Recordings

How to Play Guitar Like Allan Holdsworth