Eddie Van Halen used to play this Nuno Bettencourt riff at “every single soundcheck”

Eddie Van Halen and Nuno Bettencourt
(Image credit: Daniel Knighton / Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Best of 2022: As one of the most innovative electric guitar players who ever lived, Eddie Van Halen inspired countless aspiring axe-slingers, but it’s Nuno Bettencourt who is often cited as one of the few individuals who was able to channel Van Halen’s flashy fretboard tactics and inherent groove into their own playing style successfully.

Unsurprisingly, Van Halen himself was also a huge fan of the Extreme guitarist – so much so, in fact, that he used to play one of Bettencourt’s riffs regularly during Van Halen soundchecks.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

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.

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