Holger grew up in Munich, Germany and began playing the violin at the age of 6. Once he was ready for a full size instrument his father gave him his own violin.
“The most vivid memory I have from my childhood is listening to Bach in a headstand against the wall…”
During the first America tour with the Modern String Quartet he bought a Zeta five string electric violin as his interest for Jazz and Rock deepend. On his second America tour he ordered a custom made 6 string violin from the violin specialist John Jordan.
“It took some getting used to playing 6 strings…”
This violin opened new horizons. Supported by a large bass amplifier he started to tweak his sound, omitted the highest string in order to reach down into the bass range. These alterations allowed if not called for more rocking sounds and his band work reflected his strive for grooving intensity. Nevertheless, the sound limitations stayed obvious and Holger decided to buy an electric double-bass.
“Playing bass evokes a totally different mindset…”
Guitar and other instruments
Guitar has been Holger’s focus of interest in early puberty. In conservatory he chose classical guitar as secondary instrument. It came to its full bloom when he began arranging and recording for clients in his project studio. He founded Sunshine Music Studio with his companion Tina in 1999. From that time onwards many students approached him to also teach guitar and music theory.
“There is a great plus in an instrument being light and movable. Guitar is a fabulous instrument for many reasons but for understanding harmony it is not as accessible as a piano…”
The latest adventure of Holger began in early 2016 with the addition of an electric double bass. is the His approach towards music theory, ear training and instrument practice changed one more time dramatically, with the focus being all on the harmonic progression, groove and body awareness. His teaching methods also gained a whole dimension through the very physical reality of playing bass.
“Looking back I can see that before I started playing the bass I heard only half of the music. It is like sailing the oceans for 50 years before entering a submarine for the first time…”