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John McLaughlin vs Allan Holdsworth

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Poll Question: Which guitarist do you prefer?
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    Posted: October 26 2013 at 05:54
Originally posted by tszirmay

Both are massive talents, John has a high Everest while Alan has the mountain range! Holdsworth for Gazeuse specifically as well as his Ponty work.
Couldn't have said it better myself
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Hi,
 
John for sure ... way more intuitive and fun to listen to. I find Allan, a bit too technical for my tastes. Sort of like a graduate school player ... he's better and more technical than anyone!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote faviovilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2013 at 11:50
While john mclaughlin has been always changing his musical horizons; creating jazz rock with miles and , indian music with shakti and in his own with rock, taking flamenco fusion to a higher level and ewith the forth dimension mixing indian with new milenium jazz feel, allan has locked. Him self to his own great stile, without making any change, so you could say that allans biggestmistake is his lack of versatility
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Post Options Post Options   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2013 at 12:11
Interesting comparison, as their guitar styles are rather divergent..... McLaughlin is more traditional, with an amazing command of technique, while Holdsworth charted out a new territory, approaching the guitar more as a solo instrument akin to a saxophone.  McLaughlin has a better command of chord vocabulary IMO.  

I love both of them, but voted for McLaughlin as my favorite of the two.  Check him out in this clip....amazing! 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote faviovilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2013 at 12:30
But the firts thing that makes them diferent is each one's technic, one plays only alternate pucking while the other only legato, to very diferent aproaches with each own posibilities
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This is the first poll where my answer would be 50-50.  Both players
were very influential in my life.  I remember hearing both as a teenager.
The early M.O. writing of McLaughlin was very groundbreaking.  I don't
think anyone else in rock or jazz was playing those kinds of modes.
I think he probably got more conservative as a writer the later he went,
but I don't know a lot of his later work. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dayvenkirq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2013 at 15:20
John for the explosive, edgy side of his playing.
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John's great, definitely one I like a lot, but Allan...  What he does, I can't even begin to describe. Sometimes it feels like pure magic.
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John McLaughlin is amazing and groundbreaking but Allan Holdsworth is the most ridiculous guitar player that's ever lived. There is stuff he plays that no other guitarist can really touch, and I don't mean just from the fluidity of his technique, but also his note selection and use of harmony.

The one big problem for Holdsworth in terms of acceptance and recognition is his concept of harmony is so advanced that most people can't actually hear what he's doing, it goes over a lot of people's heads.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Svetonio Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2014 at 02:47
Allan Holdsworth
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Allan invented a new way of playing an instrument, and eventually a new form of music.  The problem is, so did John  LOL .

Insidious comparison.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote schizoidman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2014 at 12:32
John McLaughlin.
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I prefer McLaughlin's Indian-influenced bends and subdivisions.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote proggman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2014 at 16:09
Originally posted by Horizons

I think DiMeola could be holding his ground in this poll as well. 
I'd prolly vote for him.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2014 at 19:01
Yep, close.  I'm giving it up for Allan, particularly since he's behind it the poll at the moment.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote King Crimson776 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2014 at 02:46
Allan is the greatest guitarist ever.
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