RIP Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen has passed away from a long battle with cancer.
His contributions to modern rock music go unchallenged.
I will run down just a few of his innovations off the top of my head and in the video below I will give some musical examples of his genius.
Here is a small list:
-put a humbucking pickup in a Strat style guitar which combined Fender and Gibson which had never been done
-popularized tapping and other unorthodox techniques
-used a variac to lower voltage to his stock Marshall amp allowing more power tube tone contributing to his “brown sound” as he called it
-helped design the locking tremolo system and used tremolo bar in new and innovative ways
-popularized symmetrical scales in rock guitar
-brought virtuosity to rock guitar playing with his speed and finesse on guitar
Please check out the video below for more expansion on Eddie’s playing technique.