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
Browse all Van Halen guitar tab, video lessons, and play-along tracks

Meanwhile, enjoy some footage of vintage Eddie performing a live version of "Eruption."

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