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Style of Eddie Van Halen

Andy Whitehead takes a look at the style of one of the most influential guitarist of all time: Eddie Van Halen.

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Andy Whitehead takes a look at the style of one of the most influential guitarist of all time: Eddie Van Halen.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Join Andy as he takes a look at the style of one of the most influential guitarists of all time: Eddie Van Halen. In the series introduction, Andy gives us a taste of what is to come in the series.

Length: 3:00 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Everybody Wants Power Chords, Part 1

Andy starts off by looking at Eddie's rhythm playing, specifically his use of open position power chords.

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Everybody Wants Power Chords, Part 2

Pushing the envelope: that's what this dotted quarter note feel is all about. Join Andy as he shows us another driving Van Halen style power chord riff!

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

Everybody Wants Power Chords, Part 3

Now Andy takes a look at a common technique that Eddie employed: adding single notes to power chords.

Length: 4:53 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Everybody Wants Power Chords, Part 4

Continuing with the power chord theme, Andy adds in some sliding single notes to a cool power chord riff.

Length: 5:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Sliding Power Chords

Sliding power chords around the neck is a common theme in Eddie's playing. Andy takes some familiar shapes and moves them around to create a cool riff!

Length: 5:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Mixed Chords

In this lesson, Andy combines power chord shapes with other types of chord shapes. It's really the best of both worlds ;).

Length: 4:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Power Chords with Open Strings

Now Andy takes common power chord shapes and gives them a tweak by letting certain open strings ring along side them.

Length: 6:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Full Barre Chords, Part 1

Now we transition from power chords and open power chords to full barre chords. These chords and their variations bring some different colors to the canvas.

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Full Barre Chords, Part 2

Andy shows us a slight variation on lesson 9 that adds even more variety to your barre chords!

Length: 5:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Barre Chords With Single Notes, Part 1

Adding single notes to smaller barre shapes is the focus of this lesson. Eddie used this sort of technique on some classic Van Halen songs!

Length: 6:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Barre Chords With Single Notes, Part 2

A very Eddie sounding riff punctuates this lesson that looks at adding single notes to barre chord shapes.

Length: 6:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Power Chords and Natural Harmonics

Integrating natural harmonics and power chords is a common Eddie technique. In this lesson, Andy has us working on a very cool riff that does just that!

Length: 7:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Pinch Harmonics

Pinch harmonics are a big part of some of the crazy sounds that Eddie gets out of his guitar. In this lesson, Andy shows us how to achieve this sound.

Length: 4:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Pinch Harmonics Exercise

Here's a short lick for you to practice your pinch harmonics that we learned in the previous lesson!

Length: 4:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Symmetrical Scale, Part 1

Eddie had a unique way of playing certain scales. Some of these scales were very uniform in their fingering across the fretboard, thus the term - Symmetrical Scale. Here is the first in a series of 3 lessons that takes a look at these interesting sounding scales.

Length: 6:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Symmetrical Scale, Part 2

In the second symmetrical scale, Andy shows us a fast and furious lick that is really reminiscent of Eddie!

Length: 4:56 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Symmetrical Scale, Part 3

In the third symmetrical scale, Andy returns to some tapping to illustrate the lick.

Length: 5:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Major Scale Lick

In this lesson, Andy shows us a cool, ascending major scale lick that will prove to be useful in lots of musical situations!

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Minor Pentatonic Scale Position

A trill, a minor pentatonic scale and a bluesy bend make up this lick in the style of Van Halen!

Length: 4:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Minor Pentatonic Blues Scale

This riff may have it's origin in the Chuck Berry style, but it's one that Van Halen used a lot!

Length: 7:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

Pentatonic Scale Lick in Octaves

Here's a fun lick Andy will show you that gives you great practice at jumping from one end of the fret board to the other.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

Minor Pentatonic Tapping Lick

One of the techniques that Eddie is best known for is of course, his two handed tapping technique. In this lesson, Andy shows us a Van Halen-esque tapping lick using notes in the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 6:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Tapping Adjacent Pentatonics

More tapping on tap here.... Andy shows us a lick that uses adjacent pentatonic notes on the fretboard.

Length: 5:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Tapped Harmonics Part 1

In this lesson, Andy shows us a staple of Eddie's repertoire: Tapped Harmonics.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Tapped Harmonics Part 2

Tapped Harmonics Part 2 has a very rhythmic riff that Andy is going to show us that has a similar vibe to "Mean Streets" by Van Halen.

Length: 7:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Tapped Harmonics Part 3

Building on the lick from the last lesson, Andy continues with more tapped harmonics.

Length: 4:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Tremolo Picking

Here's a technique that Eddie uses a lot in his playing. A bit tricky, but with practice it's a technique that anyone can do!

Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Tapping With Open Strings

In this lesson, Andy shows us a tapping lick that uses open strings, and mulitple notes on one string.

Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 30

Tapping on Multiple Strings

Andy now takes the pattern we learned in the last lesson, add a little to it, and puts it in a musical context for us.

Length: 4:59 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 31

Tapping and Shifting Positions

In this lesson, Andy shows us a cool ascending tapping lick that moves through various positions.

Length: 8:50 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 32

Eddie's Gear

In the series finale, Andy briefly discusses Eddie's gear and gives us some advice as to how to recreate his basic sound.

Length: 5:30 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
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