@Pizzafan2020 · Posted 07 Oct. 2020
As a fellow guitarist, Eddie Van Halen is one of my favorite guitar players! I was shocked and a bit sad to learn that fact that he passed away last night due to cancer. He had so many great songs and I think Eruption was probably his best guitar solo. He was one of the greatest guitar players ever! Are any of you fans of him? What are your favorite songs by him?
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@admin · Posted 08 Oct. 2020
I wasn't a fan of him, to be honest, but I thought he left a beautiful legacy that would live on forever.
These are some of his top inspirational quotes.
Cancer is like a cockroach. It just comes back stronger. I'm tearing apart the immune system of the cockroach and seeing how it ticks. I've opened up my own pathology center
Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me
There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.
I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. And when we moved to America, it was just the typical thing except I was really good at it; so was my brother.
I destroyed a lot of guitars trying to get them to do what I wanted, but I learned something from every guitar I tore apart, and discovered even more things. Things like if the string is not straight from the bridge saddle to the nut, you're going to have friction.
Everything I did is because I wanted to do it. If I weren't playing this arena, if I were playing a club, I'd still be doing it because that's what I want to do. I love playing the guitar.
Every song is like a kid. How can you have that many kids and have a favorite? Which one do I like to hang most with? Probably the one that I haven't hung most with recently.
I'll be making music 'til the day I die. I've done all kinds of stuff, and more is coming.
I don't feel a day older when it comes to my approach to music or what gets me off than when I was a teenager. I've always been into different kinds of stuff and when I play I like to play loud. I like my arm hairs to move and I like my body to vibrate 'cause I like the feel of it; I'm still a teenager at heart.
Actually, if I could deliberately sit down and write a pop hit, all my songs would be pop hits! Let's put it this way. I play what I like to hear. And sometimes I like to hear something poppy, and sometimes I don't.
When I'm home on a break, I lock myself in my room and play guitar. After two or three hours, I start getting into this total meditation. It's a feeling few people experience, and that's usually when I come up with weird stuff. It just flows. I can't force myself. I don't sit down and say I've got to practice.
If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that's a wonderful thing.
The name Van Halen, the family legacy, is going to go on long after I'm gone. Eddie Van Halen
If you have a great-sounding guitar that's a quality instrument and a good amp, and you know how to make the guitar talk, that's the key. It starts with the guitar and knowing what it should sound and feel like
You know, most people, they want to go to Hollywood. They want to be a star. They want to be a rock star. That thought never entered any of our minds, the Van Halen family.
Obviously you have to have rhythm. If you have rhythm, then you can play anything you need. If you have rhythm and you love music, then play and play and play until you get to where you want to get. If you can pay the rent, great. If you can't, then you'd better be having fun.
I don't really know what inspires me to write the music I do, but usually, the music will set the tone for the lyrics.
If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you'll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you'll get to where you want to be.
@Pizzafan2020 · Posted 08 Oct. 2020
I did not know that he grew up taking piano lessons first. Usually most musicians like myself start off with piano lessons as its the foundation for music. Then we branch off to whatever instruments we want to play. I'm sure they will probably make a documentary of Van Halen's life and his music eventually. May he R.I.P!