Van Halen – Best of Both Worlds Guitar Lesson

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In this Best of Both Worlds guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great song off of Van Halen’s 5150 album in it’s entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning.

Eddie Van Halen has a pretty unique guitar tone on this one, and typically he goes between clean and distorted tones by simply rolling back the volume knob on his guitar. I won’t be doing that in this lesson though, I am simply using to separate presets on my Line 6 Helix.

I will take you through each riff in the song in the order that it appears on the original recording. Ee will be going from full strumming using a pick, to fingerstyle playing in the clean sections.

I will also cover the solo, and as typical with Eddie, it is quite the hand full.

There are some interesting licks in this solo. For one, he will play a melody with double-stops at the beginning of the solo, and then end up play that same melody later on in the solo using tapped pre-bends.

And of course, there will be a lot of challenging legato licks throughout. It is a very tricky solo to get right.

Good luck with this one! #bestofbothworldsguitarlesson #vanhalen #guitarcovers



  1. could you do merry go round by motley crue?

  2. Collin Pathikulangara

    can you do the full doomsday – architects tutorial? please?????????????

  3. Could you please do Been a son by Nirvana?

  4. Hey Carl how about a lesson on hero by ozzy? Love your lessons!

  5. Luka Radusinović

    Great lesson, Carl! Could you do Endgame from Megadeth

  6. PS I’d still love to see a lesson on Eyes of a Stranger by Queensrÿche

  7. Great lesson Carl, I’d also love to see you do a lesson on the title track to the same album 5150!!

  8. I think he hybrid picks the clean parts

  9. Nice ! Should do the solo Eric Draven does on top of the roof in the crow . Can’t find anyone who can do it good lol

  10. I dont know if you have done thin lizzy but you should do a video on the boys are back in town

  11. pls do megadeth-foreclousre of a dream and a7x-afterlife

  12. pls do megadeth-foreclousre of a dream and a7x-afterlife

  13. Can u do revolution is my name next I've been trying to learn from other videos but it don't sound right

  14. andre ruiz escarcega

    Dear Carl, please do a lesson of Into The Fire by Disturbed, you are amazing!

  15. Could you please do shedding skin by pantera

  16. Rylan Cunningham

    You should teach you really got me but the superior Van Halen version

  17. Mean Street please!!

  18. Carl you’ve basically been my savior when it comes to learning guitar. I’ve been trying to figure out the song King Nothing by Metallica but I can’t get it right, please make a video on it. I love you man

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