Van Halen 316 Guitar Lesson

The great Eddie Van Halen has written countless classic songs and guitar solos. The only negative thing about most of them is that even though they sound very cool, they are almost always impossible to play for any player who's playing level is less than advanced.

However, this Van Halen 316 guitar lesson is a wonderful exception. Appearing on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album, it was written for his new son Wolfgang (who is now the bass player for Van Halen!!) and is named 316 after his newborn son's birthday.

This is definitely a solo guitar track that would work just fine on any acoustic or electric. It uses a fingerstyle guitar technique that is quite simple. I think just about every intermediate level guitarist would have a blast learning this beautiful instrumental.

As simple as it is, 316 is a very nicely put together piece of music. We have some cool chord slides, some nice vibrato and even some tap harmonics thrown in at the end.

After you are able to play through the entire song I think you will feel that is was well worth the effort. It's only about a minute and a half long so it shouldn't take to long to get there! 🙂

If you don't have much experience with fingerpicking, I suggest just taking your time working out those picking hand fingerings. They are pretty much self explanatory throughout, but you still need to get your fingers used to doing them.

Well that is about it. I think everything else is explained in the video lesson. Have fun tackling one of the very few Van Halen pieces that doesn't require you to be a virtuoso to play!


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Van Halen 316 Guitar Lesson


  1. Jason Alexander on November 21, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I learned this song a few days after Van Halen passed with your lesson. Thanks Carl, it was a melodic tribute to the reason I started playing guitar. Please consider doing a lesson on “Take me back (Deja Vu)” another great tribute song…

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