Hear About It Later Guitar Lesson – Van Halen

In this Hear About It Later guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great song off of Van Halen's Fair Warning album in it's entirety.

The tuning is drop Db tuning. That is, starting from the 6th string, Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb. Or, if your tuner displays sharps instead of flats, those notes will read like C# G# C# F# A# D#.

There are a lot of great things to learn in this one. The intro is so fun to play but quite challenging with some very large fret-hand stretches. I will also speak briefly about the guitar tone used which uses a clean tone along with a flanger, delay and reverb.

From there, I will take you through each riff in the song in the order that each appears on the original recording.

I will also tackle Eddie's insane guitar solo note-for-note. This solo contains a lot of classic Eddie licks and is a great study in his guitar style.

For the outro section, which contains many guitars overdubbed on the original recording, I have instead opted to demonstrate what Eddie played live. I have referenced the 1981 performance video of Hear About It Later at the Oakland Coliseum which is easily viewable on YouTube.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this Van Halen classic. R.I.P. Eddie! The world just isn't the same without you in it. 🙁

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Hear About It Later Guitar Lesson - Van Halen


  1. Dares Hamid on April 13, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Carl,
    Could you do a lesson on hang ‘‘em high off diver down?

    Dares Hamid

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