Eddie Van Halen Style
|What you learn:
Jam Track (Full Band)
Storm: Hey everyone. More VH in this
lesson. Sort of 'back to school' night, with
this jam track. The jam track for tonight's lesson is in
the key of A.
Storm: Here comes a tab. Open
fenderblues: Teach when you play fast is the main thing
alternate pick and practice it.
Storm: The jam track is on A5, a couple other
chords in there, with a little bass note move in between there, once m3 to
Storm: ThatG5 chord is one of Van Halen's
favorites. Mute the 5th string with the side of the second
Storm: The last two 'double-stop' chords imply
the A blues scale. Eddie Van Halen is known as a technical,
speedy player. And when it comes to speed we need to develop and use alternate
picking. Rapidly picking one note is called
'tremolo picking'. Eddie has speed to burn with his
tremolo. Lets try a lick. Here is a scale that
This is a Dorian mode. Don't know if Eddie calls it that but he uses it a lot.
The notes can all be used. The root note is
Storm: Eddie has an unusual way of gripping the
pick. Here's a video to demonstrate. He grips the pick between the middle
finger and thumb. Very little pick hits the string. And lets his hand float. Each note is
picked as rapidly as you can.
esph100: That's odd between the middle and the thumb ..
does it make any difference?
Storm: Eddie seems to like it. It allows him to
switch to two hand tapping quickly.
fenderblues: Storm do you use the picking that Eddie
Storm: Unless you are trying to be EVH Jr. you
don't have to tremolo pick like Eddie. Use what is comfortable. For me it is
standard index finger - thumb. I read Eddie played violin when he was
young and that is how you hold the bow. I rest my palm slightly, yes. Eddie
doesn't. Here are a couple more scales to try,
then more riffs.
The Blues scale is a great fit. Some of our riffs are from
Storm: Eddie does the same, I think. Like the
last scale is a mix of blues and Dorian. But it just sounds
fenderblues: Teach with bar dives
isn't that just pushing the bar down and then slowly
Storm: This is actually picking the note with
the bar depressed.
makes a harmonic?
Storm: That harmonic is really at like 2.2
fret. Just above the second. hold your finger lightly over the fret then pick
and release finger It helps to have a humbucking bridge pickup and lots of
distortion. Here is a riff with artificial
This last lick uses pull-offs to the open string for a flurry of notes. Also a
first finger bend in there.
esph100: Do you mean pinch or
Storm: Yep. Dig in with the tip of the thumb on
each down stroke. Move your right hand, too, to produce different pinch
This riff uses unison bends. Another VH favorite.
esph100: What's a unison bend?
Storm: Bending one note to pitch while holding
that same target note on the next string. Use your second finger to help
support the bent note.
This riff uses the blues scale up in 17th position.
What is a good way to mix lead and rhythm for solo.
Storm: I will send a jam track with just the bass
and drums. I would try soloing for a repetition then play rhythm. Try switching
off. Eddie could do that at the drop of a
'Hot' Jam Track (Bass + Drums)
This last lick is the same scale, utilizing the whammy bar to accent each
esph100: What if our guitar
doesn't have a whammy?
Storm: You go buy one! If you
want to sound like Eddie VH.
fenderblues: Storm do you bend 20 right when you hammer
a moment after hammering. On the bend up use the bar then
tap there teach :)....that's played on the A, D and G in sequence on the actual
track isn't it?
Storm: Exactly. One more Hot for Teacher riff and that's
it. Next week, mucho tapping and solo stun guitar stuff.
Storm: Alright have a great night. I hope you
can make it here next week!
spongefoot: thanks teach you helped me smooth that
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