EVH tribute and the technique nobody talked about!

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Hi, Gus G from Firewind here. I decided to do a video to pay my respect and say a couple of things about the passing of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. I also wanted to touch upon one of his not-so- often talked about techniques that really caught my interest. Check it out, enjoy & let me know what you think about it!
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  • Well said! Btw Love ur sound Gus!

    Scott McCluskyScott McClusky8 օր առաջ
  • EVH was n is a sick guitarist which nobody can deny but there's a AMworlds audio interview with EVH and he totally disgraces Randy Rhoads saying he was fucked up on drugs when he died in the plane crash which is a vicious horrible lie about an amazing person nevermind guitarist like Randy Rhoads and spit on Randys legacy plus there are black n white videos from the 50's of an Italian man putting EVH to shame with finger tapping n all the fancy stuff so God Bless him but ive lost most of my respect for him as a person after hearing his arrogance

    James TherrienJames Therrien17 օր առաջ
  • And they call it heavy metal

    Charles MerfeldCharles Merfeld18 օր առաջ
  • Ain't talking bout luv..my fav. EVH s tapping technology so mind blowing, anyway u better than zakk imo

    Shahrul HaidiShahrul Haidi20 օր առաջ
  • I love that riff. One of my favorites. For all is skill, it shines in a lot of ways because he excelled in thinking outside the box. Loved him, miss him.

    kimblerskimblersԱմիս առաջ
  • What do you get to get that amazing tone

    EeVeeAitchEeVeeAitchԱմիս առաջ
  • Great tribute to the King! The greatest hard rock musician of our time! Yes, I’m glad you brought up this often overlooked facet of his strumming! Awesome!

    Daniel ShanleDaniel ShanleԱմիս առաջ
  • Great video and also a great point about how Ed just did things HIS way. He was a killer Rhythm player, also a phenomenal Blues player. I saw them only with DLR eleven times in concert. Nothing against Van Hagar, great music, just not my taste. A friend of mine who is a computer wiz went through all of the Van Hagar albums and removed the vocals for me. Incredible band no mater what. Seeing them in 1979, 80, 81, 82, 84x2, 07, 12, and 15x3, the best live performance from Eddie (IMHO) was in 2015 when I saw him 3 times (once in Phoenix and the last two shows at the Hollywood Bowl). Ed was a better player I 2015, clean and sober, plus having another 30+ years of playing under his belt. I am truly sorry you never got two see him live. I've seen some of the greatest guitarists in the world in my 57 years on this rock... Edward was a step above all the others.

    MacPro8CoreManMacPro8CoreManԱմիս առաջ
  • Thank you Gus G. you're an amazing talent thanks for taking the time to do a video for us. You're guitar sounds absolutely heavenly and inspirational

    SJSSJSԱմիս առաջ
  • Εσυ ναι εσυυυυυ σου λεω ,εσυ που βλεπεις το comment , να εχεις μια καλη μερα επισης ξερω πως εψαξες για ενα comment στα ελληνικα!xD

    Τσαλίκη ΚυριακήΤσαλίκη ΚυριακήԱմիս առաջ
  • I wish Ozzy would have kept Gus and sacked "Pinch-harmonic-king" Zakk. Gus is the best Guitarist Ozzy had after Randy and Jake. By far!! ♫

    1970borntorun1970borntorunԱմիս առաջ
  • The slide work on the song Dirty Movies has never been covered.

    Keith NewberryKeith NewberryԱմիս առաջ
  • I was 18 years old and a guitar player back in 78 when Eddie Van Halen hit the sene and I can promise every word you have said about Eddie Van Halen is the undisputed truth, a guitar player friend of mine introduced me to Van Halens first album and when I left and walked back to my house from his all I could do was think what the hell did I just listen to, I know after all these years people don't think that it's such a big deal but I can promise you it was especially to guitar players, we all wanted to be the one that shocked the world with something but we just had no clue what to do, but guess who did? That's right Edward Van Halen and shock isn't the right word for what Eddie did it was more like electrocuted us with massive Volt's of chained lightning, I seriously thought he couldn't be from this planet, so I know every word you just said is nothing but the truth, R.I.P Eddie Van Halen I couldn't forget you even if I wanted to.

    Jimmy JenningsJimmy JenningsԱմիս առաջ
  • Bad@ss!!! Thank you Gus. Long live the King!!

    Lance MarbutLance MarbutԱմիս առաջ
  • Gus is killer! Loved his time in Ozzy .

    Ronald TravisRonald TravisԱմիս առաջ

    new england patriotnew england patriotԱմիս առաջ
  • In line with his use of a metal pick. Try playing with a penny or a dime. Changes the tone completely.

    Michael PalermoMichael PalermoԱմիս առաջ
  • 👌👌👌

    six string attacksix string attackԱմիս առաջ
  • Great point! Something so small and overlooked! But something that no one else would have thought of playing it that way. Everyone else would have just chugged through it like you said. And the use of delay and number of repeats so the notes kind of overlap at the changes.

    Overdriver XOverdriver XԱմիս առաջ
  • Hey Gus, I'm pretty sure he used a short version of this in the song Cradle Will Rock. It struck my memory when I heard U play it. The 6L6 Head is face Melting, but I will always have my Blackstar amp I practice with!!! Do U play your RR V much?? I got one in layaway Red with Black Stripes & Seymour Blackouts..Say a prayer plz!! God bless!!!

    Auzzie LosborneAuzzie LosborneԱմիս առաջ
  • mi first impression of this riff was..."wow!!..that's a futuristic sound!"...Balance its one of my favorites!

    Gonza CordovezGonza CordovezԱմիս առաջ
  • Never see vanhalen but always feel like he is near cuz his music

    Chakou YangChakou YangԱմիս առաջ
  • Your tone sounds amazing

    StephenStephenԱմիս առաջ
  • Another thing was his fast rythm shuffle picking Im the one / Hot for theacher that attack is incredible.. and although he was a rythm monster..

    J BJ BԱմիս առաջ
  • Και?...Το πήρε ο Παυλάρας και έφτιασε τον Βροχοποιό ναούμε

    Zan BonZan BonԱմիս առաջ
  • that guitar sounds amazing

    snarkledogsnarkledogԱմիս առաջ
  • Great heartfelt tribute. But now that you got us all interested, what the hell is he doing on this lick? I was hoping you'd show us! You've totally got it down. Please enlighten us!!!

    Vince MVince MԱմիս առաջ
  • So what is he actually doing here? Its hard to see, looks like he's pushing the low E against the pickup .

    mike bmike bԱմիս առաջ
    • Upstroke pick instead of down pick and use a metal pick

      superblondesuperblondeԱմիս առաջ
    • I think it's just tapping it with the pick. As opposed to picking it.

      Robbie FitzgeraldRobbie FitzgeraldԱմիս առաջ
  • One of my favorite riffs by EVH!!! Bravo Gus!!!

    DoctorPmetalDoctorPmetalԱմիս առաջ
  • Thank you for the tribute; I never got to see EVH myself and I was heart broken when he past away; he was definitely one of the reason I picked up the guitar and a big influence, not just me but a whole generation around the world and for that reason I will never stop playing and improving.

    Alexander MarAlexander MarԱմիս առաջ
  • I've been listening to the song "Time" when you were with Ozzy. You are the man Gus.

    Smokey BearSmokey BearԱմիս առաջ
  • Gus you did a great job of putting your thoughts into words!!! Great video!!!!

    Dave LooneyDave LooneyԱմիս առաջ
  • Great stuff Gus 👏👏👏🤘

    BazBazԱմիս առաջ
  • Gus you are awesome.... Partuza

    Hugh G WrectionHugh G WrectionԱմիս առաջ
  • Wow totally sounds like a Cello like that. Thanks for sharing brother.🤘🏻🎸🎶

    Raven BlackfeatherRaven BlackfeatherԱմիս առաջ
  • Nice looking guitar. It reminds me of Randy's V. Are the pickups closer together than on a Les Paul? I guess it is Fender scale length? Explorer chunk, with Fender snap. That could work.

    Aquila RossaAquila RossaԱմիս առաջ
  • If you've never listened to White Lion, check out their albums. I think you'll be impressed with Vito Bratta's playing.

    Joe RJoe RԱմիս առաջ
    • hahahahah

      David FitzgeraldDavid FitzgeraldԱմիս առաջ
  • Well done👍🎸🎼🤘

    Brian HylandBrian HylandԱմիս առաջ
  • mikedawesofficialmikedawesofficialԱմիս առաջ
  • Great insight sir

    Dwain PhillipsDwain PhillipsԱմիս առաջ
  • Believe it or not, gus is a one of a kind musician. Only one that designated un-nessesary finger movement, while still achieving stellar transitions. Knows music theory, also his equipment very well.

    david stockdavid stockԱմիս առաջ
  • Excellent review of that song and the subtle technique he used to make that song a powerhouse

    mark dakelmark dakelԱմիս առաջ
  • 😢😭😭😭😭😭

  • That tone was amazing great job mate!!

    Antuan HeathAntuan HeathԱմիս առաջ
  • i don't get what the technique is....help

    Barefoot67Barefoot67Ամիս առաջ
  • I used to play this song live, and I used my thumb nail for it. I know he used the side of his pick but I got the same sound. I love the solo for this song also.

    Derek JonesDerek JonesԱմիս առաջ

    RAZOR RuinzzRAZOR RuinzzԱմիս առաջ
  • I notice that you used mostly upstrokes, interesting 🤔

    Nikos P.Nikos P.Ամիս առաջ
  • The worst tribute

    SebbTheRifferSebbTheRifferԱմիս առաջ
  • Got to see him 3 times with Sammy...All 5150 tour..! 2times in Dallas and then Austin

    Gary CraftGary CraftԱմիս առաջ
  • I just got your sig Blackstar and I played a gig with it yesterday. EVERYBODY complimented me on my tone. What's crazy... Is that I used the mxr EVH overdrive in the front of it✊ BRUTALLLLL TONE bro. Cheers from Texas

    Roger RiffsRoger RiffsԱմիս առաջ
  • Eddie *IS* the reason why I picked up guitar. I was only 7 and didn’t even know his name but all I saw was a guy having fun. I wanted to have fun and I ended up finding lifelong happiness with 6 (occasionally 7) strings. Reign in peace, Eddie. P.S. Fair Warning’s tone is *STILL* goals.

    The Bored AF GuitaristThe Bored AF GuitaristԱմիս առաջ
  • Says “You don’t need me to tell you how innovative he was” but then proceeds to tell us🤔

    Scott WiemannScott WiemannԱմիս առաջ
  • Are you bouncing the pick on the strings or what is the special technique?

    wayne Gramwayne GramԱմիս առաջ
  • wow Gus just has such great tone and technique, Ed would have been proud to watch the opening riffs , respect

    scootertb26scootertb26Ամիս առաջ
  • I was lucky enough to see Van Halen in 2007 and 2012. I can say that Van Halen and Iron Maiden are the two best live bands I've ever seen. The best part of both VH shows was the end of Hot for Teacher. The lighting combined with the bombastic outro was something I'll never forget.

    zackvanhalenzackvanhalenԱմիս առաջ
  • Nice Gus well said...

    OCS Environmental ServicesOCS Environmental ServicesԱմիս առաջ
  • Great tribute Gus" Much respect 🎸🎶😇

    Thomas McKellipsThomas McKellipsԱմիս առաջ
  • Thanks Gus, I feel your sadness. It's nice to cherish EVH. So much joy there.

    RockSolidLawyerRockSolidLawyerԱմիս առաջ
  • Great words. Classy. Gus, when i first saw that video for Don't tell me what love can do.. i too, was amazed at how Eddie was doing that, like everything he did, but I just don't think people really got what he was really doing there. He always blew my mind even with stuff that seems so simple as him "scraping/plucking" the pick w/ that riff. Where like you said most probably just thought it was some effects and palm mutting, which it was not. Eddie always had some cool new thing to show us every album. And Balance is so under rated. Thank you for talking about this song and technique. It does get over looked. I was fortunate enough to see VH live, one show i was 4 rows away from stage left right in front of him. It was during the Gary Cherone, which people "knock" but honestly.. they played songs so many great deep cuts and songs that weren't really played live anymore on that tour. It was great. and you have not witnessed anything as magical as to watching Eddie play the opening riff to Unchained right in front of you or of course Eruption. I'm just really happy I can at least can say I saw that. I feel bad for the so many guitar enthusiasts that have never nor will ever get a chance to witness those bits of pure magic. RIP EVH.. the King!

    Ryan TRyan TԱմիս առաջ
  • Eddie an all time A leaguer, set the bar.....started the guitar hero era.

    Dave WightDave WightԱմիս առաջ
  • You play like no one else dude. So smooth. super cool tone, perfect control on your fingers, and you play acapella like no body, dude youre one of the best of the best, Gus. Thank you for sharing your great talent

    Rodrigo CuetoRodrigo CuetoԱմիս առաջ
  • Cool technique!

    verdictdeniedtubeverdictdeniedtubeԱմիս առաջ
  • I've been using that technique in my riffs directly because of and since 1995 when that song released...I'm just not famous. THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THE TECHNIQUE!!!

    Cody Myers MusicCody Myers MusicԱմիս առաջ
  • It's those little things that make music into magic

    Sakis DarkfaceSakis DarkfaceԱմիս առաջ
  • Gus is just one of the nicest and most down to earth guys in Metal. When I heard Beat it the first times I thought MJ had one hell of a guitar player. I found out much later that Eddie did it. Same happend to me a while later with Firewind 🤯

    Didi ObDidi ObԱմիս առաջ
  • It is unique. I actually like everyone love his lead, but his rhythm playing is often over looked and hd had the best rhythm playing in my opinion. I never got to see them either and I am 59 and should have seen them, but just one if those bands I never got to see sadly. Good stuff. Thanks man..

    Hoosier DaddyHoosier DaddyԱմիս առաջ
  • Yassou! Good words from the heart, my friend. I was fortunate to see VH in 1982, and 1984, both times at the legebdary Cobo Arena, in Detroit, Michigan! Amazing shows, as you can well imagine. Cheers from Moblie Deathcamp! Also... thank YOU for playing the way you do, man. One of my faves!

    ThrashsquatchThrashsquatchԱմիս առաջ
  • Damn Gus you got that amp cookin'. Sounds amazing. RIP EVH you legend.

    Craig HarrisonCraig HarrisonԱմիս առաջ
  • LOVE "Don't tell me what love can do"!! Balance is an underrated album

    RebelliousHutterite2RebelliousHutterite2Ամիս առաջ
  • Shortly after, Steve Vai posted a picture of a pair of sneakers with Eddie's distinctive Frankenstrat artwork pattern on them. The caption said, No one will ever fill these, (or something to that effect). I thought that was exceptional

    Sebastian MichaelisSebastian MichaelisԱմիս առաջ
    • Vai is a class act. Good guy.

      kimblerskimblersԱմիս առաջ
  • God bless you Eddie and Wolfie , Alex, and family. thank you brother Gus G. we love you and God bless you also.

    Rusty ShacklefordRusty ShacklefordԱմիս առաջ
  • I felt the emotion in the intro playing! You're the man, Gus G! Love you -

    Paul AndersonPaul AndersonԱմիս առաջ
  • Gus I would love to meet you. Greece sounds like a nice place to visit. I seen Van Halen monsters of rock many years ago. I'm in the Phillipines right now and from the usa.

    Shain HaggadoneShain HaggadoneԱմիս առաջ
  • Flamin tone 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    JacksonGuitarPlayer 97JacksonGuitarPlayer 97Ամիս առաջ
  • That tone on ain’t talkin bout love is flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥blackstar amp u using?? Love them! Fire man. 🤘🏼🤘🏼

    JacksonGuitarPlayer 97JacksonGuitarPlayer 97Ամիս առաջ
    • @Emetal Madman he was actually using STL tones plug in. Still it did sound similar to a Blackstar amp tone setting

      JacksonGuitarPlayer 97JacksonGuitarPlayer 97Ամիս առաջ
    • sounds amazing that amp 🔥

      Emetal MadmanEmetal MadmanԱմիս առաջ
    • @FireTV oh cool. it sounded like one of my Blackstars

      JacksonGuitarPlayer 97JacksonGuitarPlayer 97Ամիս առաջ
    • I was actually using an STL tones emissary plugin

      FireTVFireTVԱմիս առաջ
  • Im so glad someone else appreciates that song as much as i do. The whole balance album is phenomenal. Its one of my top picks

    James RidderJames RidderԱմիս առաջ
  • Great observation, glad you served that up. He's one of my biggest influences, not just with all the soloing techniques, but his rhythm playing was spot on and so creative for the time. Nice tribute.

    Point PanicPoint PanicԱմիս առաջ
  • When you said violin or cello, I could instantly hear it. Now I can't unhear it and I am amazed. Fantastic insight! I've been playing/practising with using my pick in different ways to sound out things that are not a 'ring' or 'mute/chug' or what guitars normally just do. A scrape with a tone. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Preston SmithPreston SmithԱմիս առաջ
  • Very cool video, Gus. I still remember the very first time that I heard Eddie. It was at a fair and they were blasting Eruption and I had never heard anything like it before. Unforgettable!

    cmonsterzcmonsterzԱմիս առաջ
  • I love it Gus ♥️🤗🔥🔥🔥🎸

    Michelle RoxanneMichelle RoxanneԱմիս առաջ
    • amazing tribute to evh 5150

      Emetal MadmanEmetal MadmanԱմիս առաջ
  • Thank you sir for your kindness

    Will StarrWill StarrԱմիս առաջ
  • what amp do you use for this recording and pedals

    EeVeeAitchEeVeeAitchԱմիս առաջ
  • That is great!!! How I wished a tribute to Eddie by one of the greatest guitarist Mr Gus G,!! Truly Eddie Van Halen is the most incredible musician, a genuis who reinvented guitar, technically was a prodigious!! His legacy and creativity will remain forever!!!

    Maria MarinMaria MarinԱմիս առաջ
  • Sorry you never got to see the man play live, Gus. But thank you for this video! Everybody knows you're an incredible player and I think all of us EVH fans are going to dig a little deeper into his licks now that he's gone. Carry the torch

    James GomezJames GomezԱմիս առաջ
  • You know you're a serious EVH fan if you're referencing Balance! Love this song, glad you highlighted it

    James GomezJames GomezԱմիս առաջ
    • Indeed, love that album, the solos on Don't Tell Me are amazing.

      billybobtexasbillybobtexasԱմիս առաջ
  • Hi Gus:) Live without a net is pure VH porn.

    nil nilnil nilԱմիս առաջ

    Sotirios OrfanakosSotirios OrfanakosԱմիս առաջ
  • I've said it a million times-----------his rhythm playing is CRIMINALLY underrated. Just listen to the title track of 5150! That's only the beginning.

    Eric Vancil MediaEric Vancil MediaԱմիս առաջ
  • Thanks for quoting this song Gus. One of my favourites, unfortunately underrated...

    Patrick Delayen-ScheniniPatrick Delayen-ScheniniԱմիս առաջ
  • I learned something that might help you feel better. 3 years ago before Eddie went to get treatment in Germany, the doctors said he only had 3 weeks before he passed. Whatever they did in those German labs extended those 3 weeks to 3 more years.

    LOTlUMLOTlUMԱմիս առաջ
  • Bravo !!

    Sotirios AgelopoulosSotirios AgelopoulosԱմիս առաջ
  • *Everyone always talks about Eddie's leads and wild techniques for crazy sounds..., but what I feel is neglected is just how badass a rhythm monster he was... Leads are all cool and flashy and grab attention, but it's the hypnotic groove of the riff that lulls the listener into a trance and really sucks you in and takes you for a ride..., and Eddie was a true master of the almighty riff... Heads don't bang, nor do booties bounce, without a hypnotic groove that overtakes the listener, mind body, and spirit..., and Eddie had IT......*

    John WrightJohn WrightԱմիս առաջ
    • what are you talking about? He's know as the king of swing for a reason my dude.

      JT BJT BԱմիս առաջ
    • Well said... and not many people talk about just how awesome and soulful His string bending was ... He could do a solo just with bending and no whammy bar and it would kill

    • Thanks John!, you are pointing out something very important. Solo's are cool, yeah we all love em, but the greats are remembered for there licks and riffs and jams. That's how I see it, Eddie was a monster inspiration.

      Pete ThoresenPete ThoresenԱմիս առաջ
  • I remember when I first started playing and I was trying to learn don’t tell me what love can do and I would play the notes, but it didn’t sound right. Not until I saw Eddie play it live did I realize how he was picking it.

    Ewolf5150Ewolf5150Ամիս առաջ
  • Thanks Gus 👍🏻

    Gustavo ViverosGustavo ViverosԱմիս առաջ
  • That was really heartfelt and sweet bro. I’m sure Eddie heard your words and is smiling down. Thank you for highlighting that technique as well. I had no idea. It’s really cool. Rock on my friend 🤘

    Josh GoldbergJosh GoldbergԱմիս առաջ
  • Big fan of EVH....but when Prince...The Musical Genius of his generation...passed away...that saddened me musically.

    John RamseyJohn RamseyԱմիս առաջ
    • Felt nothing when prince passed, felt like I lost a close uncle when Eddie died

      Ewolf5150Ewolf5150Ամիս առաջ
  • Still miss him, thank you gus, i think balance album was brilliant and great tone of evh, cheers man! Did you hear Wolfgang song? if so what are your thoughts

    Tomas RussoTomas RussoԱմիս առաջ
  • subtle technique but has huge impact to the sound

    reoghreoghԱմիս առաջ
  • Hey Gus!!! Hello from the USA 🇺🇸 Michigan. I met you a few years ago. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me and take Pictures. Great EVH video!!!

    J24777J24777Ամիս առաջ