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In this “Famous Solos” installment we will take a look at the solo that pretty much changed rock guitar as we know it.
The unaccompanied guitar solo “Eruption” was on Van Helen’s debut album and instantly made Eddie Van Halen a legendary figure in the guitar world.
I chose to focus on just the tapping section of Eruption since that is the part most people recognize.
Of course Eruption introduced to the world Eddie Van Halen’s dazzling tapping technique. Even though tapping had been employed by numerous guitarists before, no one had ever taken it to such musical heights.
At the beginning of the video I demonstrate the basic 3 note tapping pattern Eddie uses throughout the whole section. From there it is just simply a matter of memorizing the different arpeggios.
Take your time and get the tapping pattern down by itself first before trying to learn the entire song.
Hope you guys enjoy the lesson. We certainly can’t get any bigger than this when it comes to famous solos. 🙂