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guitar innovator Allan Holdsworth, RIP


Guitar innovator Allan Holdsworth has died at age 70. “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father,” his daughter Louise shared on Facebook. “We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. -Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.”

While his own music was in the realm of jazz fusion and prog, his two-handed tapping style influenced everyone from Eddie Van Halen to Stanley Clarke. He was also a champion of the SynthAxe, and ’80s instrument that fell somewhere between a guitar, synthisizer and a wind instrument. A retrospective box set, titled The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever, was just released this month.

Rest in peace, Allan. Your music lives on. Listen to some of Allan’s music and read tributes from a few famous guitarists, below.

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