Steve Vai reveals the most difficult aspect of playing Eddie Van Halen’s guitar parts

Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen
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When appraising the tab sheets of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar parts, a number of challenges will present themselves. The sheer technicality of EVH’s playing alone would spell trouble for most, but beyond that was his emotion, timing and playing style – something few, if any, could adequately emulate.

While the average layperson may find it an especially difficult task to conquer, you’d imagine a more seasoned professional would find it significantly easier, right?

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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.