In this Top Jimmy guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great song off of Van Halen's 1984 album in its entirety.
There are two tunings used in the song. All of the rhythm guitar parts are played on a Ripley stereo guitar tuned to an open D7 (no 3rd) tuning. Those notes are, starting from the 6th string, D A D A C D. However, the main solo is played using standard tuning, E A D G B E.
Some of the most challenging aspects of Top Jimmy will be the rhythm guitar sections. Eddie is all over the map on this one, using extended natural harmonic sections, tight spunky triadic rhythm work with a few quick licks thrown in there that are almost impossible to play.
I will cover each rhythm section in the order that each appears on the original recording.
At the end of the video, I will switch to a guitar in standard tuning and show you how to play Eddie's main guitar solo. This solo is classic Eddie with liberal whammy bar use, screaming pinch harmonics and mind boggling tapping licks. Have fun! 🙂
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