In this Amsterdam guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great Van Halen song off of the Balance album.
The tuning is Drop D tuning. That is, starting from the 6th string, D A D G B E.
Not only is "Amsterdam" a very challenging song to play on the guitar, it is also one of the funnest Van Halen songs to play period.
From the opening licks, to the fade out at the end of the song, there is just SO MUCH going on with the guitar riffs. I will take you through each section of the song in the order that each appears on the original recording.
In addition to all of the riffs, I will also cover Eddie's main guitar solo note-for-note. This is more like an entire instrumental interlude than just a guitar solo. But for the solo part of it, Eddie used so many cool techniques. From tremolo picking, trilled octave tapping, tremolo picked chromatic licks, oblique bends, whammy bar dives and in the pocket blues based licks, it is all here for you to dive into.
Have fun learning yet another masterpiece from Eddie and the gang!
Happy birthday Eddie! Carl... (01/26/2021)
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