Edward Lodewijk van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020)

Eddie Van Halen was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor.
He was the main songwriter and lead guitarist of the American rock band Van Halen, which he co-founded in 1972 with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth.

He was well known for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique, allowing rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard :

“I think I got the idea of tapping watching Jimmy Page do his « Heartbreaker » solo back in 1971. He was doing a pull-off to an open string, and I thought wait a minute, open string … pull off. I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around? I just kind of took it and ran with it.”

“I’m not a rock star.
Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I’m not a rock star.
I’m not in it for the fame, I’m in it because I like to play.”


This mixtape is dedicated to Gabriel Farine & Roderic Mounir.

Edward Van Halen – RIP Mixtape • Side A

Edward Van Halen – RIP Mixtape • Side B
DAW : Harrison Mixbus
D/A Converter : SSL 2+
Cassette Deck : Nakamichi 682zx
C-90 Cassette Tape used : Maxell UD 90 (1982-84)
Suggested Cassette Tape : Any 80’s/early 90’s Maxell, Sony or TDK C-90 Type I or II cassette tape (with enough extra time for both sides)
J-Card (.pdf)