LESSONS IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Ev­ery is­sue, Gui­tarist brings you the best gear, fea­tures, tu­ition and in­ter­views to fuel your pas­sion for gui­tar

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Mu­sic ed­i­tor Ja­son Sid­well in­tro­duces an­other ac­tion packed lessons sec­tion.

Process ver­sus re­sults. It’s an in­trigu­ing propo­si­tion and one that can be ap­plied to count­less top­ics in­clud­ing gui­tar play­ing. It cer­tainly cropped up with fresh colours dur­ing this is­sue’s cre­ation, as I asked nu­mer­ous great gui­tarists for their thoughts on Allan Holdsworth, one of the in­stru­ment’s most enig­matic play­ers ever. Read their replies on page 39. As di­verse and won­der­ful as the quoted gui­tarists are, they all were united by the no­tion that Allan’s mu­sic was of­ten both beau­ti­ful and mys­ti­fy­ing. His re­sults spoke to them on deep lev­els but of­ten it was a case of ‘what the heck was go­ing on?’. So they (and count­less oth­ers) of­ten looked to his process via magazine or YouTube in­ter­views and his of­ten viewed REH tu­to­rial video. What made him tick? How did he com­pose? What tonal­i­ties did he draw from? How did he solo like he did?

Truth is, we col­late and pon­tif­i­cate over in­for­ma­tion gath­ered but it still seems like sand through the fin­gers. Un­like the vast ma­jor­ity of revered gui­tarists in his­tory, Allan of­fered up no ‘get good’ snip­pets, no fast tracks to un­der­stand­ing or du­pli­cat­ing his mu­sic and ap­proach. As Alex Skol­nick points out, much of Allan’s mu­sic was about what he wasn’t do­ing - his cliché was avoid­ing gui­tar clichés! As you will have seen, Mil­ton Mer­mikides has cre­ated an ex­cel­lent foun­da­tional over­view of Allan’s mu­sic and style on page 42. It’s not de­signed to pro­vide the macro, sim­ply as­pects that could en­rich your own play­ing by draw­ing on var­i­ous key ar­eas from his unique world. In count­less ways, Allan was at the very top of the gui­tar world’s mu­si­cal ever­est; no other player has no­tions of in­trigue and ap­pre­ci­a­tion so reg­u­larly sur­round­ing them. We sin­cerely hope you come away from this is­sue ei­ther with a fan­tas­tic in­tro­duc­tion to this great man, or pos­sess­ing a broader ap­pre­ci­a­tion when you next lis­ten to Joshua, Tokyo Dream or Devil Take The Hind­most. En­joy the is­sue!

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