One-Handed Guitarist Plays Van Halen's "Eruption" — Video

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Even though it was recorded in 1977 and released in '78, Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" is still the official showpiece for lead guitarists — the song they're most likely to whip out at parties and gatherings to impress friends and influence people.

And, as followers know, we've seen clips of 8-year-olds, 14-year-olds and more playing the piece note for note, often with very bored expressions on their faces.

This time, however, we bring you a clip shot right here at Guitar World HQ. It shows guitarist John Denner performing "Eruption" — without a right hand.

Denner, as he explains in the bottom video (which you really should watch), was born without a right hand. After teaching himself how to play guitar using makeshift picks, he designed a cone-shaped device that he wears on his forearm.

The guitarist performed on The Howard Stern Show in 2007, which has led him to bigger and better things, including an instructional DVD through Hal Leonard (Again, be sure to watch the bottom video too).

For more about Denner, head here and here, and be sure to visit his official YouTube channel.