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Eddie Van Halen

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Welcome to the Eddie Van Halen Player Study! As guitarists, when we think of finger tapping, we think of Eddie Van Halen! He was a true pioneer of rock finger tapping and a true master of the style. In this course we will be taking you through a finger tapping masterclass as well as analysing all the other techniques and tricks that EVH uses in his playing

Eddie Van Halen transformed the way electric guitar can be played!

Jay Ledger

Play the night away

We go the extra mile to ensure that you can integrate these cool ideas into your own improvisation in the Eddie's Trick Bag section. This includes a wide variety of harmonics, bluesy licks and quick pentatonic playing. We will be applying all these techniques into two awesome EVH style solos, as well a cool Van Halen rhythm track. As with all our player studies, by the end of the course you will have a deeper understanding of how to apply the EVH style into your own playing.


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This course includes the following 6 units:

Unit 1

Finger Tapping Primer

Before we properly start looking at EVH's specific style, we will do a short 3 lesson primer to show you how to properly tap using 1 and 2 strings. Be sure to work through this section before tackling the first EVH solo!

Lesson 1The Basic Mechanics

Lesson 21 String Tapping

Lesson 32 String Tap

Unit 2


Our first solo study for EVH we take a look at a purely finger tapping piece that will really push your technique to the limit!

Lesson 4"Corruption"

Lesson 5Section 1

Lesson 6Section 2

Lesson 7Section 3

Lesson 8Dorian Lick

Unit 3

Eddie's Trick Bag

In this section of our player study we will be looking at 4 awesome techniques and licks that EVH uses in his 'trick bag'! At the end of this section Jay will demonstrate how to use all these ideas in your own improvising.

Lesson 14Descending Tapping

Lesson 15Eddie's Blues

Lesson 16Bending Taps

Lesson 173 Rock Harmonics

Lesson 18Improvising

Unit 4

Costa Rica

It's time to take a quick detour from the EVH lead and start looking at the rhythm side of his playing. We take a look at a full track based around his key chord based ideas, using Suspended chords, harmonics and dive bombs!

Lesson 9"Costa Rica"

Lesson 10ESus4 Rhythm

Lesson 11Bars 1-8

Lesson 12More Chords & Harmonics

Lesson 13Final Riff

Unit 5

Slap It

In our final solo study we will combine all of EVH's techniques and licks into a seriously hard solo to get together! This is not for the faint hearted, but if you really commit to it and put the practice in, you'll get it!

Lesson 19"Slap It"

Lesson 20Lick 1-2

Lesson 21Lick 3-4

Lesson 22lick 5-6

Lesson 23Lick 7-8

Unit 6

Getting The Tone

Chris takes you through all the guitars, amps and pedals we used to get an accurate Eddie Van Halen tone. Yes, tone is generally in the fingers, but there is only so much you can do without some of these key bits of gear!

Lesson 24Getting The Tone - Eddie Van Halen

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