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Holdsworth does do pull offs!

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I was watching the Allan Holdsworth demo of the Rockett signature pedal I recently posted on my blog.

Thing is, I heard Marshall Harrison say that Allan doesn't do pull-offs. He presented it quite convincingly talking about legato and Chopin etc.

When you look closely at around 4.00 you can see pull-offs clearly. Others parts of the demo too.

Right?
 
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Right. But that doesn't mean he doesn't do the 'lift off' variation also. He could be doing it on purpose to get that distinctive effect, or there are other reasons why he's doing straight pull offs in that video. Hell, it could even be just Allan getting older and finding it easier to simply pull off.
 

Lucidology

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Not to derail this too much ..
but that AH Rockett pedal is truly one of the best OD/Boost pedals on the market too day ..

Purchased one right away and can't believe the touch factor it has ..
and I'm talking fretting hand sensitivity with little latency ...

While it's obviously designed to support such since AH help design it ..
But, in fact, it's a universal players-facilitate almost any style OD/Boost ...
the sound is just killer wonderful ... no fizz whatsoever ...
 
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Marshall Harrison says it, but Marshall Harrison says a lot of things. I think what people like Brett Garsed and Guthrie Govan are talking about is how Holdsworth will lift his finger off the string, then immediately hammer on the lower note with another finger. This eliminates that typical pull off sound that you often get with that technique. I'm not good at explaining it, but Govan talks about it in his book, as does Garsed in his first instructional video.

Holdsworth developed this approach, and Brett Garsed is one guitarist who adopted it and uses it in his very own way, but I know that a lot of people who tend to copy Holdsworth also do a lot of this.
 

mouzer

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Holdsworth definitely does pull offs here and there. He does it a good amount in the Rockett video. Just another tool in the shed, Holdsworth can do no wrong IMO. :rotflmao
 

gtrnstuff

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Holdsworth has said it in interviews, that pulling off creates a noise he doesn't like, so he developed the lift-off for a cleaner attack. It may look similar on video.
 

buddastrat

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Yeah, and don't forget it helps to have ultra low action for lifting off, instead of pulling the note. Of course, Holdsworth is great, and love any guitar player that develops his own sound. With the low action and all the legato, that sound is not for me though, too keyboard-y.
 

guitarjazz

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The 'lift off' must be a move that excites the string, right? A step-child of a pull-off sounds like.
 

Phalanx200bc

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Funny.. no one tries to emulate his style in the OD/Dist demo's...its hard to make the connection. It just sounds like another OD
 

guitarjazz

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I have proof that Holdsworth was beamed down from a planet several light years ahead of us.
 






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