Eddie Van Halen is one of the most skilled guitar players
alive, if not of all time. EVH was born in the Netherlands, but began music
lessons at a young age when his family moved to California. Although he took
formal piano lessons, EVH taught himself how to play guitar. He even builds his
own guitar, for example the infamous “Frankenstein”. Not only has he created an
internationally known band with his brother, he has yet to be content. He is
constantly trying to improve his skills and pump up his creativity. One of my favorite
examples is when EVH used a Makita power drill to play his guitar, giving the
song “Poundcake” a distinctive beginning (see video). His style is completely his own and
you can pick out his guitar in any setting, even during Michael Jackson’s “Beat
It”. He is my favorite artist and I have seen him live twice, which is even
more amazing. In the last 30 years he has overcome divorce, oral cancer, losing a third of his tongue, three different lead singers, and a battle with drugs, and now he's touring once again with Van Halen, worldwide.
"Poundcake" by Van Halen
Eddie with Frankenstein
Eddie (right) on May 6, 2012 at the Tacoma Dome. To his left is David Lee Roth, Van Halen's original lead singer.
This is the music video for "Right Now" by Van Halen, which showcases EVH's immense piano skills. This is one of my favorite songs by Van Halen because Eddie plays both the lead guitar and piano in this song.