Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Sweet 16 — "Eruption" (Eddie Van Halen) Vs. "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix)

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kris101

What a hard choice. Eddie and Jimi, the 2 most influential rock guitarists.

I had to go with little wing, it just has the most beautiful intro to any song, and the solo, although short, teaches us the importance and impact of a single note.

Normally on these polls, I always vote eddie, but little wing was something special.

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GEENGADE

Soloing to a soloing on the recording or having a riff work its way to a solo is really what you want. The soloing to grow out of a riff or lead is what works best here. Having to play a technical aspect of the guitar that has not been really heard on a recording wont be done in our guitar existence again. Today solos are arpeggios, sweeps, scales modes, and tapping.

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doughsellz

I'd rather hear SRV do Little Wing. Eddie is the man. He plays it all. Suggested listening for the eclectic ear: Take Your Whiskey Home & Women and Children First (the song on the album of the same name), Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)& Cathedral from Diver Down, Spanish Fly from VHII, Finish What Ya Started from OU812, & of course, Ice Cream Man from the debut album, about as blues as electric boogie blues gets.

Both players, in their respective eras, did a lot for rock guitar. Between Jimi's Little Wing & Eruption, however, there is no comparison. Eddie got my vote.

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Hendrix1970

Ice cream man yeah that's a good little song, the solo(s) in that song are better than this eruption shite

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voodoochile2

Yup, very true ... the solo makes sense to/in the song

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valentim6

vão te fuder. EVH is a fully tecnical solo, you hear this is interesting, but you don´t hear a flowing melody only a fuck foda solo. But hendrix, principally axis tracks, blowing your mind. You feel the music, beyond this the little wings the is not a classic mode solo , is a solo plus rhythm oq torna a musica mais do caralho ainda.
se tu vai tente pegar as duas alem de ver que little wings é mais dificil você vai sentir praticamente seus dedos flutuando, ja na porra de eruption você toca parecendo que é uma bomba de chumbo da uma viagem da porra mais isso até eu faço.

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valentim6

vão te fuder. EVH is a fully tecnical solo, you hear this is interesting, but you don´t hear a flowing melody only a fuck foda solo. But hendrix, principally axis tracks, blowing your mind. You feel the music, beyond this the little wings the is not a classic mode solo , is a solo plus rhythm oq torna a musica mais do caralho ainda.
se tu vai tente pegar as duas alem de ver que little wings é mais dificil você vai sentir praticamente seus dedos flutuando, ja na porra de eruption você toca parecendo que é uma bomba de chumbo da uma viagem da porra mais isso até eu faço.

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rc730

Did not see Beyond the Realms of Death by Judas Priest. Hands down one of the best solos of all time.

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Darth Compton

It ranks 99 or so on that 100 list.

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dm1984vh

How anyone can say Eruption is boring and emotionless and it has no feeling just totally shocks me!
If it's such a pointless solo, then how did it turn the world of guitar upside down?
Eruption is why I play guitar!!!
It deserves to be at least #2 on this list!!
EVH freakin' rules!!!

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carlo999

because it's pointless structureless wank; sounds like some kid showing off, which most kids nowadays could do as well. and anything can turn a world of followers upside down. there's a millions of incredibly skilled guitarists if not more that just aren't popular.

at the time Eruption was like OH DUDE THAT SOUNDS SO DAMN COOL OMG
not omg such amazing mind blowing guitar composition

some of those notes in the tapping section just sound so off in a bad way
sounds like something you'd play when showing off to people that don't know how to play guitar

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Hendrix1970

I guess some people want a bit more texture to a 'solo'.. i know it's a tired statement but David Gillmore 1 note. Figured it out yet?

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doubletrouble5150

Yes a very tired statment now go back to your rocking chair grandpa...

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Hendrix1970

"two hand tapping" vs a sweet note.. tap tap goes the handi-capped.

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doubletrouble5150

Evh plays plenty of sweet notes your just to sprung on hendrix to realize it

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Hendrix1970

Well at this moment i'm listening to Mississippi John Hurt, now that fella could pick a geetar. I was referencing tapping to playing a sweet note, no comparison, right? surely...

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carlo999

Eruption's boring as hell, don't particularly give much of a shit about Little Wing so Little Wing it is

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rempelrt

I love Jimi, but I have to go with Eddie on this one

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doubletrouble5150

Eddie van Halen easy he only reinvented the wheel with eruption

jefffos

Then you've apparently never listened to Yes or King Crimson. Eddie's not the revolutionary genius everyone thinks he is. He didn't invent the wheel, he just made it a little better...

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doubletrouble5150

Eddie took two hand tapping to a whole new level and his use of harmonics is also impressive

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voodoochile2

This is a question of feel vs guitar masturbation - EVH never learned the blues ....

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errbt

Yawn...tired old (and incorrect) argument. EVH had/still has feel, passion, & power in his fingers for days...it's why his playing is still instantly identifiable over all the clones that came about after he hit the scene. There are more ways of playing with great feel than just straight blues...but if you're still deluding yourself that he couldn't/can't play the blues, go on youtube and find a recording of one of his solos from the 1984 tour, when he would break down in the middle with a great little blues jam with the other guys joining in...or just listen to the solo in When It's Love. Little hint: just because someone isn't compelled to the play straight blues style all the time doesn't mean they can't! If you want to vote for Little Wing, fine, I can understand...just use a reason that's not pulled out of your you know what!

Both Hendrix and EVH were/are masters of feel and passionate "playing from the hip", and both proved that it doesn't have to be mutually exclusive of high level technique.

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voodoochile2

Oh, and I doubt Jimi played 'straight blues all the time'.

Besides, Eruption will go on in this poll, and another Jimi solo falls by the wayside ....

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voodoochile2

Blah, blah, blah ... I didn't want to go on & on arguing about something that some people such as you and I will never agree on. A trained monkey can play the pentatonic scale (not saying that EVH is), and just cuz he plays the blues sometimes, doesn't mean he plays the guitar with 'feel'. I just don't hear it in Eruption (I like it, but I still hear guitar masturbation - Hey! Look what I can do!) and if you can't hear the difference, well then we disagree. Besides Little Wing is not a 'blues' song, but I could never imagine EVH coming up with the beauty and simplicity of that song. Sorry, just don't see it ....

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doubletrouble5150

And I could never see jimi playing a solo half as good as eruption

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voodoochile2

Obviously 'good' or even great is relative ...

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Hendrix1970

It's pointless talking to these guys about feel etc dude,that's more what they're into, the show offy sort of stuff, it doesn't matter if they make masterpieces, rather a few seconds of wank stuff. Also most of that period of music was shit compared to the period up until the late 70's (Of course with some real exceptions) then the hair metal and glam rock etc etc...it's a slippery slope eh! No such thing as paying dues these days.

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voodoochile2

Yup, I hear you brother ...

jefffos

Sooooooo, 2min of wank and warmup is beating out one of the best songs ever recorded...WHAT...THE...NATURAL...F**K??!! Eddie's wife must hate you all, because it seems like everybody rides his d*** more than she does. He's not the Greatest Guitarist of All Time either, but we all remember how that turned out. Just give the win to Van Halen or Page and save us all a lot of time and aggravation...

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Hendrix1970

Watch out everyone, if you disagree with jeffy, you will be called a racist.. LoL

jefffos

Dude, shut the f**k up already, you whiny little c**t. We actually agree on a lot of the stuff. Like Eruption vs. Little Wing. This is when you make intelligent comments. Then the very next day, you say you hate a legendary song for no other reason than Freddie Mercury was homosexual. Listening to half the stupid s**t you say it's not to far of a stretch to think you're a racist. So of it will sooth your aggravated vagina, you're not a racist...you're just a homophobic bigot. My bad. These polls are turning into jokes and the comments are worse. We all know who's gonna win anyway...

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Hendrix1970

So, everyone who is a bit homophobic automatically = racist.. hmm interesting. So everyone who is gay has aids is about the same pathetic statement then! Jeffy... good god i'm on a roll today eh.

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Hendrix1970

Lol thank you, no point playing the race card there jeffy, it's whiny and pathetic.. from a solo standpoint little wing isn't that great compared to others, but on a composition standpoint, it's another story.

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thf24

I feel sorry for people who can't/refuse to hear the emotion and feeling in the composition of music instead of just the playing. I feel like it's partially because this kind of ignorance is tolerated and even encouraged in this day and age. If anyone had called players like Paganini and Vivaldi soulless and emotionless because they play fast two to three hundred years ago, they would have been ridiculed.

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Hendrix1970

Eruption ... No soul, no feeling, So why do you vote for this spastic little piece of notes thrown together for again? I thought great guitar solos would have alot of feeling etc with them, oh well my bad.

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krshnakrunch

When I was 16 I used to pop the 8-track of the first Van Halen album in my Camaro's tape deck when I was talking out dates. From that point on there was no shortage of feeling. Reach down between my legs, ease the seat back . . .

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Hendrix1970

Point proven. lol

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thf24

There's plenty of feeling in Eruption. Watch Eddie playing it live and see if you can honestly tell yourself there's no feeling there.

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Darth Compton

Little Wing is very pretty, and I like the lead melody that plays, but against Eruption? Nada. Besides, if there's one Jimi solo that deserves a spot in the elite 8, that should be Voodoo Child and not Little Wing (since All Along The Watchtower has already been bunked). In my opinion, of course :P

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woznyc

Jimi's done far greater solos than this both live and in the studio ("May This Be Love", "Driving South" from the BBC Sessions) and I thought Dickie Betts incredible solo on "Jessica" deserved to move on compared to this one. Have to go with "Eruption" here....

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SamiEndler

The question is: to whitch solo in Little Wing do you refer when casting your vote?
The intro or the actual "solo" (whitch is very short in the album version).
I really love the intro, I think it is the best known part of the song. But I find nothing special about the solo.
Eruption is really not my favorite VH solo. It´s quite cool but sloppy played imo.
So no vote from me here, it would be great if GW would tell us to which solo they refer if there is more than one in a song (not to talk about the instrumental songs...which should have been in a seperate poll).

Suggestion for the next poll: The greatest instrumental guitar songs of all time. (but please without Eruption, we all know it would win, whyever)

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LoQ

I love them both, but I have to go with Eruption.

hinson5150

Nursetom needs to go cry in his little scrubs. EVH a beginner? HAHAHAHA!!! Well I got my laugh for the day thanks! EVH is the greatest of all time PERIOD!!!!

nursetom61

Hey Look At Me " Tap, Tap, Tappity Tap. WTF did you people not read the Header of this poll. It's best SOLO, not best display of overused boring non-pick using instrumental. How can anyone say Eruption is better than ANYTHING that James Marshal Hendrix ever played. Compared to Hendrix EVH is a BEGINNER

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oneunder

Your comment sounds like you're talking about the movie "Happy Gilmore." Hendrix and Van Halen are both awesome guitar players, with different styles. Grow up!

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Hendrix1970

I never got the whole tapping thing, anything that sounds good to the ear i listen to, and for that exact reason, tapping does nothing to the listening experience.

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doubletrouble5150

You are out of your mind I get tired of hearing the same old shit over and over so a new and innovative technique evh brought to the scene I will welcome in my listening experience

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Hendrix1970

a thousand little half notes does nothing to the soul bratha!

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celticknight

Really! The second most influential guitarist of all time a beginner get over yourself. Listen to the 1976 version of Eruption on YouTube there is a lot less tappity tap and a lot more pick. In fact, I wish he had've recorded that version on the "Van Halen" album.

As it stands my vote goes to Wailin' Halen for ever dude!

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