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How to Play Eddie Van Halen's "Beat It" Guitar Solo

Sit back, grab your guitar (or someone else's guitar) and learn how to play Eddie Van Halen's solo from Michael Jackson's 1983 hit, "Beat It," courtesy of guitarist Antonio Cordaro.

Cordaro, who runs his own popular YouTube channel, plays the solo at normal speed before slowing it down. No, there are no tabs, but—come on, people—just "watch and learn" like we did it in the 1830s!

Cordaro is playing what looks to be a Kramer Custom replica of one of Eddie's classic Kramers—perhaps his one-pickup "1984" model, which he used as a touring backup in ancient times. Regardless, if you want to read up on Eddie's Kramer guitars of yesteryear, check out this story over at

And, if you'd like to kill another five minutes, watch Eddie perform "Beat It" with Jackson below. The performance took place July 14, 1984, in Dallas. Eddie (and his guitar) happened to be in town that night, so he joined Jackson on stage.

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.