Eddie Van Halen’s “Falling Down The Stairs…Landing On Your Feet” Technique.

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Eddie Van Halen’s “Falling Down The Stairs…Landing On Your Feet” Technique.

 

Hey everyone, welcome back.

Today I am talking about Eddie Van Halen’s “Falling Down The Stairs and Landing On Your Feet” Technique.

This is a technique Eddie has talked about in various interviews over the last 40 years.

In a nutshell, this technique is encompassed by starting out a phrase in the key and then using chromaticism to move outside and then coming back to end the phrase on a note inside the key of the moment.

Eddie did this in many solos around the Fair Warning to 1984 album eras.  He was heavily influenced by Allan Holdsworth at that time so that might be a clue as to why he was approaching music that way then.

The following video has a few excerpts from Van Halen classics “Drop Dead Legs,” and “One Foot Out The Door,” as well as a symmetrical riff from an interview Eddie did in a guitar magazine from the 90s.

Tabs are included in video as is lesson on how to play these.

Check out the video below.

Thanks for tuning in and see you next time!

 

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