Brian May says this Queen song inspired Eddie Van Halen’s two-hand tapping technique

Brian May (left) and Eddie Van Halen
(Image credit: Sven Hoogerhuis/BSR Agency / Chris McKay via Getty Images)

Two-hand tapping is one of Eddie Van Halen’s most iconic and enduring electric guitar innovations, but – as he acknowledged himself – it wasn’t something he invented from the ground-up.

Instead, the late guitar legend took existing examples of two-hand tapping, refined them, and utilized the technique in a way no other guitarist had done before, most notably in the form of his virtuosic solo piece, Eruption.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.