My jaw-dropped yesterday night when I purchased the Van Halen DVD "Live Without A Net." My jaw didn't drop to the songs, but to Eddie's solo guitar performance that seemed to last forever....lol. I mean that alone was a guitar lesson for anyone who likes Eddie. He was absolutely scorching! He went through all the techniques that we know Eddie to do like finger tapping melodies, slap/chime/harp harmonics, whammy bar manipulations, super fast alternate picked scale runs, etc. Anyway, he blew my mind! What was awesome was he did "Cathedral," which involves volume swelled notes and a very cool melody exercise.
I never thought Eddie was this good. I'm a fan of guitarists like Eric Johnson, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Steve Morse, and now more than ever, Eddie Van Halen. I can see why he was such an influence to guitarists in the late 70s and 80s, because he was doing things that nobody ever heard. Except maybe the harp harmonic technique Lenny Breau was a master of that technique. He totally changed the face of guitar and after seeing that solo performance of his, I can certainly see why. In my opinion and my Dad's, he is WAY better than Vai. I mean when you think about it, Steve Vai is just a clone of Eddie. He's like an Eddie souped up on acid....lol.
Anyone who's not seen this. You should check it out not only for its historical purposes, but for classic Eddie Van Halen shred!