EDDIE VAN HALEN
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Eddie's Trick Bag

In our final solo study we will combine all of EVH's techniques and licks into a seriously hard solo to get together! This is not for the faint hearted, but if you really commit to it and put the practice in, you'll get it!

Summary: 'Slap It!'

For our final section we will be attempting one of the hardest solos you will ever have to play! This solo includes every single technique and idea that we have looked at on the course, and to play it smoothly will take some time. Your first task is simple, just listen! Try to get this 40 second solo in your head before attempting any of the licks. Once you've done that, get ready to attempt lick 1 & 2!

SUMMARY: Lick 1 & 2

We kick off this extremely hard solo with a dive bomb and some very tricky artificial tapped harmonics! We then move into a tapping lick using the E dorian scale on the E and B string.

MATERIALS: The Tab

In this video we are focusing on just lick 1 & 2, so highlight and loop those sections in the tab and really try to get that together before moving onto the second section.

Summary: Lick 3 & 4

We kick off in the E minor pentatonic shape 1 and using E minor tapping notes. The cool thing about this lick is that it's basically just the shape 1 pentatonic shape with taps in E as you roll through the strings. The pentatonic shape is below alongside the tab! For lick 4 we continue using the pentatonic shape, but this time we use some crazy tapping slides alongside more dive bombs! It's worth remembering at this stage that this will simply not sound correct until you play at a certain speed and all glued together, so stick with it for now as you have to practice it slow to get it together.

MATERIALS: The Tab

In this video we are focusing on just lick 3 & 4, so highlight and loop those sections in the tab and really try to get that together before moving onto the second section.

Summary: Lick 5 & 6

We have a little bit of rest-bite for you here, certainly in comparison to the last lick! For these two licks we are using tremolo picking alongside the E minor open position 1. Tremelo picking simply involves you picking the right hand as quickly as you can, sometimes using your arm rather than wrist, to ensure you build up enough speed! The 6th lick is a cool bluesy lick using the E blues scale. Check out the scales below:

MATERIALS: The Tab

In this video we are focusing on just lick 5 & 6, so highlight and loop those sections in the tab and really try to get that together before moving onto the second section.

Summary: Lick 7 & 8

For the final part of this solo we have two different techniques to play with! Firstly we use our tapping technique alongside a major arpeggio, then for the next lick we run up and down the minor scale using the E minor scale and Tremelo picking. For the arpeggios we go from the D major scale to the C major arpeggio, as shown on the fretboard below.

MATERIALS: The Tab

We can now start putting the whole solo together, but that is no easy task! Be sure to use the slow down function on the tab to really nail each part as you go. Good luck!

Audio: Backing Track & Audio

When you've gone through it enough with Jay then try and play along with just the backing track below. If you ca do that then you have truly mastered it!

Ready to move on – remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

Getting The Tone

Chris takes you through all the guitars, amps and pedals we used to get an accurate Eddie Van Halen tone. Yes, tone is generally in the fingers, but there is only so much you can do without some of these key bits of gear!