al­lan holdsworth trib­ute

Aus­tralian mae­stro Brett Garsed pays trib­ute to the talent of the sadly de­parted Al­lan Holdsworth, with a video mas­ter­class guided by Milton Mer­mikides.

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The Aus­tralian rock and fu­sion gui­tarist Brett Garsed is one of the nice guys of the gui­tar world; a deeply tal­ented and ded­i­cated player who has over the years crafted an ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic and recog­nis­ably fluid and melodic style. Brett’s amaz­ing hy­brid pick­ing and legato tech­nique com­bined with an en­gag­ing melodic sensibility has pro­duced some truly awein­spir­ing fu­sion gui­tar record­ings, such as his work with John Farn­ham, Nel­son and his hugely re­garded col­lab­o­ra­tion with the sim­i­larly awe­some TJ Helmerich.

De­spite his vir­tu­os­ity and high ac­claim from gui­tar afi­ciona­dos, Brett has re­mained re­mark­ably dif­fi­dent, sup­port­ive to the com­mu­nity and def­er­en­tial to his in­flu­ences, which in­clude artists as di­verse as David Gil­mour, Ed­die Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hen­drix and Jimmy Page. But it is his en­counter with the mu­sic of Al­lan Holdsworth (through Holdsworth’s solo on In The Dead Of The Night) that ig­nited his ex­plo­ration of sounds and pos­si­bil­i­ties be­yond the rock id­iom and into the wider fu­sion realm.

Garsed heard in Holdsworth’s style a flu­id­ity towards which he had al­ready been un­wit­tingly grav­i­tat­ing in his own gui­tar ex­plo­rations, and which both in­spired new ideas and brought much needed con­fi­dence to his in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic legato ap­p­wroach.

Brett has con­sis­tently praised Holdsworth, calling him “one of the great­est musicians who ever lived” and “a ge­nius”. In­spired by his life­long ad­mi­ra­tion and emo­tional con­nec­tion to Holdsworth’s mu­sic, Brett recorded an in­for­ma­tive trib­ute video to Al­lan es­pe­cially for Gui­tar Tech­niques. We also asked if he would record some ex­am­ples de­con­struct­ing key el­e­ments of his mu­sic, show­ing also how he adopted and adapted these features.

Brett was more than will­ing to oblige and so, fol­low­ing my own Holdsworth For Mor­tals fea­ture last month (back is­sues at www. my­, over the fol­low­ing pages we have some more de­tailed ex­am­ples of Al­lan’s ap­proach from a player who un­der­stands his work better than most.

Yes, it’s high-end stuff and will tax even the most able play­ers, but per­se­vere and there is some­thing here for any gui­tarist to take away and learn from.

We’d like to ex­press our sin­cere thanks to Brett for ini­ti­at­ing this unique fea­ture.

garsed heard in al­lan holdsworth’s style a flu­id­ity towards which he’d al­ready been grav­i­tat­ing in his own gui­tar ex­plo­rations

Brett and his out­stand­ing fret­ting hand

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