Yes, he was just as fancy as his other big brothers, but he was not a flash in the pan at all.
His fingers were not just running up and down the board, they were running.
He started playing the piano and drums
Although Van Halen will forever be known for his guitar virtuoso, he started with a different instrument. Together with his older brother, Van Halen took piano lessons at a young age. For three years, he won the first place
at an annual piano competition in California, starting in 1964.
After his brother. Alex went to the guitar, Van Halen I bought a drum kit
. But his natural talent with the guitar prompted his brother to ask them to change again.
According to Eddie Van Halen Special Birthday
newsletter: “When Alex started learning to play drums, beyond Eddie’s abilities, the younger of them turned into a guitar immediately attached to it – locking himself away from his teenager as a teenager to practice and walking around. the house with his guitar tied but disconnected. ”
The two brothers would form the core of what would later become Van Halen – they released more than a dozen albums through four riots of decades of platinum albums, sold out tours and a revolving door of singers.
He could never read music
Van Halen learned what he knows from observing other musicians.
In one interview
, talked about how he improvised during a piano recital.
“Ninety percent of the things I do on the guitar, if I had taken lessons and learned to play from the book, I would not be playing at all like I do.” he once said
It is named after another legendary musician
Hailing from Amsterdam, Van Halen’s Dutch parents named him Edward Lodewijk van Halen. is a nod to the famous composer, Beethoven.
As biographer Kevin Dodds writes
“Edward Lodewijk Van Halen followed on January 26, 1995 (music by his passionate father named The Future Miracle After Ludwig van Beethoven).”
He originally had an unrecognized role in Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
Van Halen’s guitar and vocals have been featured on many other artist pieces (including Frank Sinatra.)
But one of his most memorable contributions to music history is his 20-second solo at Michael Jackson’s. “He won
It took him half an hour to record and he did it for free, thanks to producer Quincy Jones, while the rest of Van Halen’s teammates were out of town.
“I said to myself, ‘Who knows I played in this childhood record, right?’ No one will find out. “Wrong!” he told CNN
. “Big mistake. It turned out to be the Record of the Year.”
His band set a Guinness World Record
In 1983, Van Halen appeared with his band on “Heavy Metal Day” at the US Film Festival in San Bernardino, California. They made $ 1.5 million for the 90-minute set.
At the time, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the highest paid single appearance of a band.
In a interview
with Guitar World in 2014, Van Halen said:
“I remember hearing a DJ on the radio say we were making so much money every second,” he said. Guitar world
in 2014. “What he did not realize is that we put every penny into production.”
It has many patents
The man who created the Frankenstrat (a cross between a Fender and a Gibson guitar) holds three different patents. – it all has to do with guitars.
His first patent
in 1987 was for a support device that allowed the musician to perform hands-free “thus allowing the player to create new techniques and sounds that were previously unknown to any player.”
In 1997, he took the second patent
for a “peghead guitar” and in 2017, his third patent
was for a “stringed instrument with adjustable string volume control.”
He once used a power drill as an accompaniment to a piece
Musicians can get creative with the perfect sound.
Van Halen went one step further: incorporating the sound of a power drill into “Sponge cake
You can hear it in the song introduction and on the guitar solo.
As biographer Kevin Dodds He wrote
“Guitar technology (Van Halen’s), Matt Bruck was using a drill when Edward had a brainstorm and noticed that the drill was passed through the receivers with a specific tone.”
His band actually banned M & Ms coffee from behind the scenes
The story of M & Ms has followed Van Halen throughout their careers and it is truly true.
In the band’s wish list, also known as a contract rider, there was one clause
banning any M & M coffee in the background. The reason: It was the band’s way of ensuring that the space paid close attention to the document.
“If I came backstage, having become one of the architects of this lighting and stage design, and saw M & Ms coffee on the catering table, then I guarantee the advertiser had not read the contract rider and we would have to do a serious line check , ” said the singer
David Lee Roth.
He has officially established himself as one of the greatest guitarists in history
In 2007, Van Halen was joined
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This year, Guitar World ranked him 4th in its annual poll 100 greatest guitarists of all time