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Watch Eddie Van Halen Downright Shred for 10 Minutes

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 30, 2015 at 1:36 PM

During Van Halen's performance in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 28, a fan captured Eddie's 10-minute guitar solo, featuring all the "Eddie-isms" we've come to know and love over the past four decades. Top form here, folks!

And once you've picked your jaw up off the floor, check out our new selection of Van Halen G-Plus Song lessons featuring tab, backing tracks, and video instruction, or jam along to our brand-new batch of Van Halen guitar play-along tracks!

Van Halen G-Plus Song Lessons
Van Halen guitar play-along tracks
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Play Along to John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

In 1966, after Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds, British bluesman John Mayall hunted down the young, up-and-coming guitarist and convinced him to join his Blues Breakers band. The two hit it off, and the resulting album, John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton -- also known as the "Beano" album -- went on to become arguably the greatest British blues album ever recorded, featuring timeless cuts like Otis Rush's "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)," Freddie King's "Hide Away," and James Bracken's "Steppin' Out."

Of further importance to the guitar, Clapton's use of a 1960 Gibson Les Paul plugged into a Marshall amp set the bar for blues-rock guitar tone so high that it's still the standard arsenal some 50 years later!

We've just posted full-band and minus-guitar audio play-along tracks for nine of the songs from this all-important album.

Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton guitar play-along tracks

The guitar tab for each track is also available on the site (just check the "Related Content" column on the left side of the audio player). Play along with the full-band tracks, and when you're ready to test your chops, have a go at the minus-guitar version, where you step right into Clapton's shoes and play his parts. It's not only a fun jam session but also an invaluable learning tool.   

 

How to Play "Eruption" - The Definitive Lesson on Eddie Van Halen's Masterpiece

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 2, 2015 at 10:52 AM

By the time Van Halen released their self-titled debut in 1978, Eddie Van Halen had already been dropping jaws and bewildering fellow guitarists with his landscape-changing guitar solos on L.A.'s Sunset Strip for a couple of years. And when the rest of the world heard "Eruption," the book on rock guitar was rewritten.

Eddie's iconic guitar solo has been a rite of passage for rock guitarists for nearly 40 years. Others have played faster, more intense, and more challenging pieces since then, but none has captivated the hearts and center-stage fantasies of guitarists like "Eruption."

In our new G-Plus Song lesson, instructor and guitarist extraordinaire Doug Boduch tackles Eddie's masterpiece with absolute command and authority. He breaks down each section, offering tips and tricks for executing every riff, lick, and dive-bomb to the highest standard.

How to play "Eruption" by Van Halen

In addition, we've just posted G-Plus Song lessons—including backing tracks—for three other Van Halen classics, with more on the way!

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" G-Plus Song Lesson
"Runnin' With the Devil" G-Plus Song Lesson
"Panama" G-Plus Song Lesson
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Meanwhile, enjoy some footage of vintage Eddie performing a live version of "Eruption."


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