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Ade (Jazz) Holland - Guitarist

this fine swinging guitarist has recently returned to the UK after his Odyssey to Cyprus for the Mediterranean Sun, Vino and Airs

Above is an Picture of Ade Holland a fine Reading based exponent of Manouche Swing taken in the early 1960's (only a short period after Django's death) in Corby with his original 1930's Maccaferri's.Dscf0195.  Life was far for simple then.- but did he anticipate the eerie image echoing through this artistic advert of Django in a similar pose.

George Parry from Snowdonia North Wales.....he's luthier, gypsy guitars only!  He first started in the 60's after taking copies, measurements and photos of both my original Selmer Maccaferri and my converted Eddie Freeman Special (shown in the b&w above) -  the 3 similar shots are George (Ade knows him as Cec.) and showing 2 of his guitars note the one he's playing is left handed...........the one of 3 playing, this was 1960's I had the Eddie Freeman Mac with George and his brother Eric............the b&w shot is the earliest of George sitting holding Ade's E. Freeman, contemplating making one !!  The now Mature craftsmen pose as players and Luthier displaying the Macca copies.

The two main four string models offered by Selmer included a regular tenor guitar, with a 23 inch scale length, tuned CGDA, and the Eddie Freeman Special, with a larger body and a longer scale length, using a re-entrant CGDA tuning. The Eddie Freeman Special had been designed by English tenor banjoist Eddie Freeman to have a better six string guitar sonority for rhythm guitar work than the normal tenor guitar with its very high A string. However, it was still tuned CGDA so that it could still be played by tenor banjoists.

The Eddie Freeman Special was based on a six string model and it had a larger six string body and a six string scale length of 25.25 inches, rather than the tenor's smaller body and normal 23 inch scale length. The CGDA tuning used was re-entrant with the C and D tuned in the same octave and the G and the A tuned in the same octave, lowering the overall tone. The tuning and scale length give this very unusual four string guitar a sonority that is very close to that of the six string guitar, compared to a regular tenor guitar.

Unfortunately, this guitar was not commercially successful in the 1930s due to concerted resistance by the British six string guitar fraternity, particularly Ivor Mairaints. Many were subsequently converted to much more valuable six string models because of the Django Reinhardt connection. Originals of the Eddie Freeman Special are now very rare and are consequently highly valuable.

Recently, modern Maccaferri-style Luthiers, such as the late David Hodson in the UK and Shelley Park in Canada, as well as others, have started building this four string model again due to demand from their customers. Many have now been made and they are becoming more widely played. They are considered to have a beautiful sound and offer a very broad range of tuning possibilities including CGDA, GDAE, DGBE, CGBD, DGBD and ADGB.

As the six string guitar eventually became more popular in bands in the 1930s and 1940s, tenor guitars became much less played, although some tenor guitar models had been made in very large numbers throughout this period and are now still common. Tenor guitars came to prominence again in the 1950s and 1960s, possibly due to the effects of the Dixieland jazz revival and the folk music boom. At this time, they were made by makers such as Epiphone, Gibson, Guild and Gretsch as archtop acoustics and/or electrics, as well as a range of flat top models by Martin.

Martin Taylor, Ade Holland, & Tom Anderson @ "Corn Exchange" concert Wallingford 1994.  Ade playing his Petite Bouche Maccaferri and his 1963 Gibson awaits his caress

Ade's Anecdote................
In 1990 I went with my son Nathan to the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-Sur-Sene near Fontainebleau about 40 miles south of Paris.  I read that Django’s guitar was in the Paris Conservatoire, so a train to Paris was on the agenda.  We bought our tickets which covered the metro as well, on entering the centre of Paris we thought it would be a good idea to get a taxi to the Conservatoire.  The cab driver said which Conservatoire? There are 16 conservatoires in Paris!!  After choosing one only to find they had never heard of Django let alone his guitar!! We called into a small hotel to ask for advice; the receptionist phoned every conservatoire in Paris for us only to find that his guitar had recently been taken away by Django’s son Babik!  That receptionist was wonderful, she didn’t charge us a penny (or a franc) for all she did, a fine example, and to anyone who don’t like the French……she was great.  After a day roaming round the music shops we decided to make our way back, and at the last metro station that took us to the overland train station, the machine swallowed our tickets!  Thinking no more of it we jumped on the train which started to pull away, after a short while I spotted an armed guard at the far end of the carriage checking the tickets!!......ironically my son gave me the same advice as Ian did years before in Maidenhead…….pretend that you are asleep!!!  I looked behind and there was another guard checking tickets starting from the other end!!.........we were doomed!!..............the Bastille beckoned - or worse still the Guillotine!!  We happened to be sitting right in the middle of the carriage and as the two of them met we were the last to be checked………fate took a hand as the family opposite us didn’t have any tickets either !! so they carted them out of the carriage and didn’t come back, goodness knows what happened to them, but on our part it was totally un-intentional, the tickets we bought which included the metro stops did not include a return fair.  Perhaps Django was smiling down on us that day after all.

Ade with Gary Potter at Samois Sur Seine 1991

YouTube - Shadow of Your Smile - Ade Doodlin'

Ade now lives in Reading and is available for teaching both Jazz Guitar and Manouche Swing Techniques - he skills also be experienced at various gigs in the zone - see the Concert Jazz Calendar.

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Last modified: 18/02/2012