Ok, so i see him listed as tons of guys influances and people constantly talk about how great he is. I breifly listened to some of his stuff years ago but it all sounded like ugly, random jibberish. So recently i decided to give him a go again, but i just dont get it at all.
I thought maybe i got something uninspired of his the first run through, but listening again, his music is HIDIOUS. Its so random and ugly. It sounds like someone who has amazing chops but with the most horrible note choice and ugly chords i'v ever heard.
So what gives? Why am i not seeing the greatness. Pershapse he has some works that are easier to bridge into his style that i could check out? I just listen to a few of the guys that list him as an influance and dont see the resemblance. Most of the influanced guys have melody and rythem and the only part of their music that i see that mixes with his are the ugly parts that give the melody the finger
I think it's an either/or with Holdsworth. What I love about his solos is how creative and unpredictable they are. I never know where he's going next, and I love that. And he hardly ever reuses phrases. If he does, it's just enough to hint at a theme, then change it.
Here's one solo, in particular, that I just love:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgL7WCE-eZo]YouTube - Allan Holdsworth Low Levels High Stakes[/VIDEO]
The solo starts about half-way through the tune.