“That was the coolest thing about Eddie for me. That’s why nobody could ever touch him”: Slash explains why Eddie Van Halen was really a blues player at heart

Slash and Eddie Van Halen playing guitar live on stage
(Image credit: EDUARDO VALENTE/AFP / Ross Marino/Getty)

During his lifetime, Eddie Van Halen pioneered some of the most innovative approaches to the electric guitar with some boundary-bending techniques.

From taking two-hand tapping to unprecedented heights, to harmonics and dive bombs, Van Halen’s expansive playing style is often heralded for its adventurous fretboard acrobatics.

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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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