Charlie Griffiths Runs With the Devil and Jumps Down to Panama to reveal some of the signature techniques of the father of modern rock guitar.
first, fair Warning, diver down, 1984 and 5150. These albums mark the division between classic rock and today's modern era.
In this lesson we look at some of eddie Van Halen’s signature techniques starting with a playful up-tempo swung riff. This feel relies on solid picking-hand timing and is based on the first and third notes of a triplet rhythm. Count through the bar slowly ‘1 & a, 2 & a, 3 & a, 4 & a’ and play a downstroke on all the numbers and an upstroke on all the ‘a’ beats; downstrokes should therefore be twice the length of upstrokes.
our next example focuses on eddie’s heavier side with a palm-muted dropped d riff. This riff wouldn’t be complete without the addition of the mXr flanger effect. The preferred setting is with ‘manual’ and ‘width’ controls at 11 o’clock and ‘regeneration’ set all the way up. 'Speed' should be set to match the song's tempo.
eddie's revolutionary approach to tone also unlocked the potential for new techniques, such as natural harmonics that would not be audible without high gain. eddie seamlessly incorporated the sound into tracks like Panama and Top Jimmy. The most user-friendly harmonics can be found at the 12th and 5th frets: both octaves of the open string; and at the 7th fret, which is the 5th of the open string. find these harmonics by lightly touching the string directly in line with the fret-wire and lifting the finger off while simultaneously picking the string. There are higher-pitched harmonics available below the fifth fret, which require a little more practise. a major 3rd can be found over the 4th fret whereas a 5th two octaves higher than the open string is situated slightly above the 3rd fret; this is usually described as
Van Halen: changed the face and sound of rock guitar