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.
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. myfavouritemagazines.co.uk), 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