From The Netherlands....Eltjo Haselhoff is being hailed as the
next Tommy Emmanuel by guitar lovers in Europe! With a bright
ringing tone and an exceptionally good sense of timing and tasteful
melodies this collection of originals is perfect for those who love
their guitar tunes....full of just that...TUNE!
1) Tap Your Other Foot!
4) Snow In London
6) Phoelix & Grimm
8) The Lowlands of Holland
9) Roundback Rag
10) Morgan Magan
You can hear Eltjo on Acoustic Guitar Highlights Vol. 5...his is the 1st track!
"A RARE TREAT....FILLED WITH GROOVE, MELODY AND TECHNIQUE!"
20th Century Guitar Magazine
recording technique used is superb. The music on this album contains
wonderful and stunning compositions which sound like engaged poetry in
soulful sound palettes. Eltjo Haselhoff's impressive skills put him
certainly among the best players in the finger-style circuit."
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
Eltjo Haselhoff "Fingerstyle Guitar Solos"
He's a PhD in physics! No, he's a black belt in karate! No, he's a
painter and cartoonist! No, he's a fingerstyle guitar player with some
killer chops, great feel, and wonderful sense of melody! Well, he's all
of that - he's Eltjo Haselhoff from the Netherlands, and if this debut
CD is any indication, he can add one more element to an already
impressive resume. From the opening cut "Tap Your Other Foot" where he
channels Tommy Emmanuel, we find a fluid style and developed sense of
time and space in his playing. "Roundback Rag" gets your foot tapping
with great melody over a walking bass and subtle chordal changes, and
never lets go. "Phoelix & Grimm" starts and stops like a bareback
horse ride. There are two hauntingly beautiful ballads - "Myosotis" and
"Snow in London," probably the most moving solo guitar ballad I have
heard in a long time. This piece perhaps more than any other on the CD
reveals a mature musical sense, allowing each note its place, laying
feeling in just the right density, ornamenting with triplets without
being flashy. For me, this song is worth the price of the disk alone. ©
Kirk Albrecht Minor7th.com
ELTJO HASELHOFF / Fingerstyle Guitar Solos
no wonder that Acoustic Music Resource picked up this self-produced CD
from Eltjo Haselhoff, a Netherlands-based physicist and erstwhile
musical genius. Every tune on "Fingerstyle Guitar Solos" is a joy to
the listener. "Tap Your Other Foot" begins with chicken-picking before
Haselhoff launches into the minor-keyed theme. The melody of "Myosotis"
sounds like an English ballad, but a sensitive interpretation and a
pop-sounding middle section gives the impression of a love song from
1960s pop radio. The beautiful "Snow in London" features similar
compositional development as "Myosotis," although utilizing a darker
mood. Similarly, "Tumbo" recalls Elizabethan dance music. Carolan's
"Morgan Megan" fits in well with his own compositions. Haselhoff
employs exacting microtonal bends very effectively in several tunes,
including "Jantine," which closes the disc. Although critics have
compared him favorably to Tommy Emmanuel, Haselhoff's tunes and playing
also recall John Renbourn, Ralph McTell, Laurence Juber (especially on
"Roundback Rag") and even Stefan Grossman. But Haselhoff is no
imitator. His attack is varied, but always clean, and his tunes hold up
under close listening. Let's hope that wider exposure will lead
Haselhoff to release more music in the near future.
© Patrick Ragain
ELTJO HASELHOFF: Fingerstyle Guitar Solos...
Dutch fingerstylist is also a physicist, but sure doesn't play
like one. The bouncy "Tap your other foot", inspired by Tommy
Emmanuel, starts things off, with the mood shiftingto the beautiful
waltz "Myosotis" and then the fanciful "Tumbo" (inspired by a trip to
Disney World), with the traditional fiddle tune "jaybird" tacked
onto the end.
It was recorded in the
Netherlands but the intimate sound - a perfect combination of
warmth and presence - lives up to Solid Air's standard.
....Dan Forte / VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE
Take a gander at the website of Dutch fingerstylist Eltjo Haselhoff,
with his detailed, 3,000-word essays on “Recording Acoustic Guitar”,
“Setting Up Your Guitar”, etc., and you might well ask, “Is this guy a
guitarist or a physicist?” The answer is: both.
good news, though, is that he sure doesn’t play guitar like a
physicist, at least not the preconceived notion of what “fingerpicking
physicist” conjures up. On his sophomore release, Haselhoff’s
formidable technique is abundantly on display, but he doesn’t sound
“analytical” or “academic” in the least. He does, however, sound
rousing, bouncy “Tap Your Other Foot”, inspired by Tommy Emmanuel,
employs some percussive effects and stereo panning (which sound
especially nice through headphones). To vary textures, Eltjo plays the
body of the song on his Taylor 712ce (with he employs on seven of the
CD’s dozen tracks, in every other case by itself), but switches to the
Australian-made Maton (associated with Aussie Emmanuel) for the
but two of the instrumentals herein were written by Haselhoff, from the
beautiful waltz “Myosotis” to the fanciful “Tumbo”, inspired by a trip
to Disneyworld, with the traditional fiddle tune, “Jaybird”, tacked
onto the end. “The Lowlands of Holland” is a traditional ballad from
the Netherlands, but it shows the universality and cross-pollination of
music in its Celtic character (one can imagine Eltjo’s hammered-on
trills being played on a penny whistle). It seems no coincidence that
the only other non-original (“Morgan Magan”) is by the great Irish
composer, Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738).
begins with a descending A-minor melody, played almost rubato, which
sounds like a variation on “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, before jumping into a
“Windy and Warm” groove. Similarly, the multi-movement “Phoelix &
Grimm” is a jaunty, alternating-bass fingerpicker that reveals a strong
classical element in Eltjo’s intro and outro — with his Taylor
steel-string proving perfectly appropriate for either style.
to Solid Air’s standard, the sound is a perfect combination of presence
and warmth, with an intimacy that makes you feel like you’re in the
same room with (in fact, sitting right next to) Haselhoff. Quite an
Taylor Guitar / WOOD & STEEL