Eddie Van Halen

February 16, 2007

The beautiful thing about these and other signature Van Halen passages is how easy they are to play fast—once you’ve internalized the moves. (Low action and a white-hot lead tone will help.) These phrases get their magic from a commonplace 1st-finger/3rd-finger, fifth-position A-minor pentatonic stance that uses convenient pull-offs to open strings for a most uncommon migration up the neck. (Note: There are other fretting options, but no fingering is more simple and intuitive than the one presented in the tablature here.) Bar lines would only be confusing, so we left ’em out.

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