Eddie Van Halen Guitar Methods

author: Guitar247 date: 07/15/2004 category: guitar gurus
rating: 7.2 / votes: 65 
Ok I'm going to teach you a little about Eddie, which could be impossible to cover all in 1 lesson, but I'm going to do the best I can. 1st of all I got a lot of my info from the video Guitar Method in the Style of Van Halen with Curt Mitchell. 1st of all let's start off with the chords Eddie mainly used.
e|--------|     e|--------| 
B|--3-----|     B|----5---|
G|---4----|     G|----5---|
D|----5---|     D|----5---|
A|--------|     A|--------|
E|--------|     E|--------| You can shift these
                            around anywhere on the neck
e|--------|     e|--------| 
B|---4----|     B|---5----|
G|---3----|     G|---4----|
D|---3----|     D|---4----|
A|--------|     A|---3----|
E|--------|     E|--------|
He playes these chords in just about every Van Halen Song (ex. panama, jump, when it's love. From the video I also learned that he solos a lot in the blues scale. He also pulls off to open strings a lot, to make it sound like notes are flyin everywhere.
Example: Eruption
        p      p     p
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|------------5-0---5-0-------------------------|
G|---0-5-0--------7-----------------------------|
D|---------7------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|
(the 7's are trill picked about 4 times)
Another thing that Eddie introduced was tapping. I always thought it was called right hand hammer on's on pull off's, but everyone calls it tapping so I guess I will too. Tapping is where you fret a note with your right hand on then hammer on (or pull off)2 or 3 notes on that same string. (bad definition I know but I think everyone knows what is is).
Examples: Eruption
---|------------------------------------------|
---|------------------------------------------|
---|: ^9^12-16^9^12-10^ :|: 8^11-16^8^11-16^ :|
---|: ----------------- :|: ------------------|
---|---------------------|--------------------|
---|---------------------|--------------------|
        Repeat 8 times       Repeat 8 times
That's where he's hammering on during tapping, this next riff is where he's hammering on, and pulling off during tapping. Hot For Teacher intro.
e|--------------|------------------|
B|--------------|------------------|
G|--------------|------------------|
D|--------------|------------------|
A|-12-7-3-0-3-7-|-12-9-5-0-5-9-----|
E|--------------|------------------|
    t p p p h h    t p p p h h 
repeat 3 times    repeat 4 times
The next thing is speed picking (trill picking). Pretty basic, you just pick the note very fast.
Example Eruption:
full bend 
e|----------12-16-19-17-16-17-14-16-12-16-19-1716-17-|
B|--15-----------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|
Each one of these notes is speed picked many times. Listen to the song to get the right timming. Well that's about all the techniques I can think of for EVH now I guess I'll give you some VH riffs.
Ain't talkin bout love:
                                H
e|----------0--1-------3-----------------------|
B|-----1---------1-------3---------------------|
G|-------2---------2---------------------------|
D|---2-----------------------------------------|
A|-0------------------------3---2-3------------|
E|-------------------------3-------------------|

Runnin With The Devil:
                    H
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--5--7-----------7--8------10----9----------|
G|--5--7-----------7---------9-----9----------|
D|--5--7-----------7--9------11----9----------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|

Panama Slow part:

sl
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--2--9---10---9--------9------9-------------|
E|------------------10------10----------------|

Jump intro:
x4
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--15--17--13--13--15--15--17--13--10--8--8--20--15|
G|--16--17--14--14--16--16--17--14--10--9--7--22--17|
D|--17--17--15--15--17--17--17--15--10--10-10-22--17|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|
Well thats about all I got let me try to think of some other thing I can think of about Eddie. The intro to The Cradle will Rock is really a keyboard The Beginning of Poundcake is Eddie playin a drill on his guitar On 5150 Eddie uses a Steinberger guitar tremolo sysem which allows him to lock the bridge in different positions, changing the pitches of the open strings. His 5150 Guitar is a Kramer. He used Marshall amps before changing to Peavy. He has 2 concert Dvd's that I know of (Live Without A Net, Van Halen Right Here Right Now). Most of the Songs with Dave are down a half step, and most of the songs with Sammy are at regular tunning. He is the man. Well that's all I got to give. I hope you enjoyed the lesson. Don't give me too much crap this is my 1st lesson and I'm only 15. It probably wasn't too smart to put EVH as my 1st lesson, but hey I tried. Thanks, Jared.
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