EDDIE VAN HALEN - "Here Are 10 Ways Eddie Changed The Game For Every Guitar Player Who Followed"

November 22, 2020, 2 months ago

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EDDIE VAN HALEN - "Here Are 10 Ways Eddie Changed The Game For Every Guitar Player Who Followed"

Total Guitar has published a Top Ten showcase of guitar icon Eddie Van Halen's career:

"Eddie Van Halen’s death is an enormous loss to the guitar community. While there will never be one indisputable Best Guitarist In The World, no one can deny that Eddie changed the face of rock guitar. His contributions to guitar technique, guitar and amplifier design, and songwriting, are some of the greatest of all time. Here are 10 ways Eddie changed the game for every guitar player who followed."

Check out an excerpt from the rundown below.

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"

"Some virtuosos forget the power of a simple song and a catchy hook, but EVH knew when to keep things simple. 'Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love' (from the debut Van Halen album) is played by palm muting and picking the notes from an open A-minor chord. The singable solo is played on one string. Melodic genius."

"Beat It"

"Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones wanted rock credibility, and there was only one name to call. Eddie hung up on Jones three times, believing him to be a prank caller. Once in the studio, EVH nailed the solo on the second take and refused to take any payment."

"Hot For Teacher"

"Almost all would-be Eddie clones lacked two things: the groove and the sense of fun. It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, as Eddie and Alex learned from their father, a virtuoso swing clarinettist. 'Hot For Teacher', from 1984, is as funky as Chic, but at 260 bpm."

Check out the complete rundown here.

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