In honor of Eddie Van Halen's birthday today, January 26, here's a few tracks of his guitar work, isolated so you hear him alone. While many know him for his speedy fretwork, double picking and hammer-on/harmonic work, he is also a great riff master.
Eddie's terrific songwriting chops shine through in his great rhythm guitar parts for Van Halen's tunes. Check out some samples below on "Runnin' With The Devil", "Little Guitars" and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor".
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"Runnin' With The Devil" from Van Halen (1978)--guitar only starts at :30 mark (P.S. Check out an authentic RIAA Gold record for Van Halen's debut album here):
"Little Guitars" from Diver Down (1982)--guitar only (P.S. Check out a copy of Van Halen's Diver Down signed by Eddie and Alex here):
"Somebody Get Me A Doctor" from Van Halen II (1979)--guitar only:
Guitar image by Incase, flickr.com Creative Commons license