Eddie Van Halen Quotes

Eddie Van Halen Quotes.

On 'Van Halen,' I was a young punk, and everything revo

On ‘Van Halen,’ I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I’d say that at the time of ‘Fair Warning,’ I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people’s minds I’m just a gunslinger.
Eddie Van Halen
You only have 12 notes. Do what you want with them.
Eddie Van Halen
If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
The stainless-steel frets were a major breakthrough, because of the amount of playing and bending that I do. I have to get my guitars refretted every couple of months.
Eddie Van Halen
We’re musicians. We make music for a living. It’s that simple. Nothing else matters.
Eddie Van Halen
On ‘Honeybabysweetiedoll’ I used a Whammy, a Boss OC-3 octave box, a Sustainer and a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler. That’s only on the intro, where all those weird noises are happening.
Eddie Van Halen
I grew up on a lot of early Beatles, DC5, Cream, Clapton, Page, Beck and Hendrix.
Eddie Van Halen
When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll.
Eddie Van Halen
I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I’m in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part.
Eddie Van Halen
I’m blessed with a good pair of ears. That’s how I fooled my piano teacher. I’d watch his fingers and I’d listen to it, and I just kind of basically learned it by myself.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
I’m the one in the band that said I’m not going on tour unless we do a record.
Eddie Van Halen
Rock & Roll is feeling, and after you know most of the basics … chords, rhythm, scales and bends … getting that feeling is just about the most important aspect of playing guitar
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
I was trying to take the band in a direction that I thought was appropriate, and Roth was trying to take the band in more of a Las Vegas direction. And there he is.
Eddie Van Halen
I’m writing, and just doing the same thing I always do.
Eddie Van Halen
A good producer brings out the best in the artist he’s working with. You shouldn’t be able to listen to something and say, ‘So-and-so produced this album.’
Eddie Van Halen
I’ve had a hip replacement, I’ve beaten cancer, I had my hand operation, and I stopped drinking. Something inside of me just went, ‘I’m done.’
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
I’m just a guitarist in a kick-ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for?
Eddie Van Halen
If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing.
Eddie Van Halen
It’s all about sound. It’s that simple.
Eddie Van Halen
I’ll be making music ’til the day I die. I’ve done all kinds of stuff, and more is coming.
Eddie Van Halen
The one thing I do have is good ears. I don’t mean perfect pitch, but ears for picking things up. I developed my ear through piano theory, but I never had a guitar lesson in my life, except from Eric Clapton off of records.
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.
Eddie Van Halen
Some people think a song without words isn’t a real song. Tell that to Beethoven and he’ll kick your ass!
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
I can’t read music. Instead, I’d do stuff inside the piano, do harmonics and all kinds of crazy things. They used to put me in these annual piano contests down at Long Beach City College, and two years in a row, I won first prize – out of like 5,000 kids!
Eddie Van Halen
I mean it’s funny, playing music, how of course you want it to do well, you want them to like it, but it’s not competitive like an election, it’s the Olympics, it’s not a Formula 1 race. The Billboard charts are just to show you what people like.
Eddie Van Halen
There’s a plaque on our wall that says we’ve sold over 65 million albums, and I don’t feel I’ve accomplished anything. I feel like I’m just getting started.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
The piano is a universal instrument. If you start there, learn your theory and how to read, you can go on to any other instrument.
Eddie Van Halen
Bass is for people who can’t play guitar
Eddie Van Halen
I’ll always leave the same set of strings on my guitars when I’m recording. If I break one I’ll just replace it instead of putting on a whole new set of strings.
Eddie Van Halen
It’s always about the music, never about anything else.
Eddie Van Halen
I’m not a drunk anymore, but since they cut out my tongue, I sound drunk.
Eddie Van Halen
Rock stars come and go. Musicians play until they die.
Eddie Van Halen
It’s funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: ‘So, what does it take to make it?’ Well, first explain to me what you mean by ‘making it’: Do you want to be a rock star or do you want music to be your livelihood?
Eddie Van Halen
Nirvana was huge, but it didn’t appeal to everyone.
Eddie Van Halen
When I was growing up and listening to bands like the Dave Clark Five, the groove was what initially got me going. I really like that funky, heavy groove.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
Jimmy Page is an excellent producer. Led Zeppelin I and II are classics. As a player he’s very good in the studio, but I’ve never seen him play well live. He’s sloppy. He plays like he’s got a broken hand and he’s two years old. If you put out a good album and play like a two year old, what’s the purpose?
Eddie Van Halen
It’s all about sound. It’s that simple. Wireless is wireless, and it’s digital. Hopefully somewhere along the line somebody will add more ones to the zeros. When digital first started, I swear I could hear the gap between the ones and the zeros.
Eddie Van Halen
A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I’m very brutal on my instruments, but not all the time.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
Everything comes to me while I’m sitting on the pot.
Eddie Van Halen
It makes me feel kind of weird, but obviously the Man Upstairs gave me something and it touches people, and I’m just so blessed.
Eddie Van Halen
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.
Eddie Van Halen
I played ‘Eruption’ two times for the record, and we kept the one that seemed to flow … there’s a mistake at the top end of it whenever I hear it, I always think, Man I could’ve played it better … but I like the way it sounds. I’d never heard a guitar sound like that before.
Eddie Van Halen
My son, Wolfgang, plays drums, guitars and bass.
Eddie Van Halen
David Lee Roth had the idea that if you covered a successful song, you were half way home. C’mon – Van Halen doing ‘Dancing in the Streets’? It was stupid. I started feeling like I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else’s music.
Eddie Van Halen