Eddie Van Halen has got to be one of the greatest legends to ever pick up a guitar. From the moment the first Van Halen record graced our speakers, Eddie was on a journey to recontextualize the electric guitar from the inside out, with one new technique popping up left and right. Though he brought so much to the electric guitar world from a technique standpoint, it will never replace the mark it left on thousands of guitarists who were inspired by him.
For many guitarists, this man is the reason why they pick up a six-string, whether it's the opening sounds of his solos coming in or just one of his colossal riffs assaulting your senses. Even when the band couldn't continue on with David Lee Roth, the band never missed a beat with Sammy Hagar all due to the massive melodic mind at work behind the fretboard.
Going through his entire career, there's a practical gold mine of great material to choose from, be it him laying down a ripping lead on a Van Halen track or sitting in with other artists. There may have been plenty of drama at play during Eddie's time in the limelight, but it's best to remember him for the massive amount of joy he brought to every single one of us through his music.
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