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This is fucking EPIC no body has as much fun as Eddie when they play I love that guy and Steve Stevens is a beast he's at the top of he heap IMO. :yesway:
 

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EVH has playing the same licks for the last 25 years it seems. Stevens is awesome though.
To be fair, this video is from the mid-80s, but yeah.
 

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EVH has playing the same licks for the last 25 years it seems. Stevens is awesome though.
Ya but he's having fun doing it that's got to count for something.
 

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And he INVENTED said licks, so that's also gotta count for something :agreed:
Invented? No. Popularized? Yes.

Two-handed tapping has been around since the 1930s, with a lot of people doing it to re-create piano pieces on the guitar.

Emmett Chapman, inventor of the...well if you can't figure that one out...did it far more often (and far more creatively) than Van Halen.

Really, the single string tapping thing isn't terribly creative, but to be the one to spotlight that technique in a ripping solo...well that inspired a lot of rock/metal lead guitarists to adopt it.
 

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Invented? No. Popularized? Yes.

Two-handed tapping has been around since the 1930s, with a lot of people doing it to re-create piano pieces on the guitar.

Emmett Chapman, inventor of the...well if you can't figure that one out...did it far more often (and far more creatively) than Van Halen.

Really, the single string tapping thing isn't terribly creative, but to be the one to spotlight that technique in a ripping solo...well that inspired a lot of rock/metal lead guitarists to adopt it.
Well, I wasn't referring to tapping. That technique has been around for hundreds (thousands?) of years. My comment was more a general one meant to imply his unique (at the time) phrasing, composition, etc.--those things that made Eddie sound like Eddie.
 

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Invented? No. Popularized? Yes.

Two-handed tapping has been around since the 1930s, with a lot of people doing it to re-create piano pieces on the guitar.

Emmett Chapman, inventor of the...well if you can't figure that one out...did it far more often (and far more creatively) than Van Halen.

Really, the single string tapping thing isn't terribly creative, but to be the one to spotlight that technique in a ripping solo...well that inspired a lot of rock/metal lead guitarists to adopt it.
Eddie actually got that single string style of tapping from Steve Hackett, who was doing it back in '71. You can see him doing it at the beginning of this video:


Before that, tapping was used more for chordal extensions, like Tal Farlow used to add bass notes to jazz chords.
 

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Eddie actually got that single string style of tapping from Steve Hackett, who was doing it back in '71. You can see him doing it at the beginning of this video:

Before that, tapping was used more for chordal extensions, like Tal Farlow used to add bass notes to jazz chords.
Vittorio Camardese demonstrated it on Italian TV in 1965. And apparently other guitarists used it even earlier than that.

 

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Forget EVH for a moment...Stevens is absolutely burning in that clip. I'm sure Billy Idol paid him well, but man was he slumming it in that band. Also, that Hamer...
 
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