Watch Eddie Van Halen explain how he figured out the two-handed tapping technique behind Eruption – all thanks to a little help from Jimmy Page

Eddie Van Halen’s two-handed tapping technique is probably the most pervasive of all his innovations, tonal tweaks and inventive approaches to the six-string. In this clip from 2015, the late rock icon takes up his electric guitar to explain how he began to figure it out after watching Jimmy Page play live. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.