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    Wolfgang Van Halen names his favorite guitar player right now

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    “He manages to work in the catchiest melodies. His melodic sensibility is one of my favorite things about his playing,” the Mammoth WVH frontman explained of his pick.

    It goes without saying that Wolfgang Van Halen is one the today’s standout six-stringers, inspiring countless aspiring electric guitar players who would all comfortably call the Mammoth WVH frontman their favorite guitarist of the year.

    Such a decision wouldn’t be a shock: after releasing his debut album last year, Wolfgang has since gone on to pioneer a new EVH semi-hollow and recently covered – and nailed – Van Halen at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, among many other achievements.

    As part of the Guitar World January 2023 issue, Wolfgang Van Halen sat down to go through his own highlights of the year, including his favorite new album, song, riff and gear of 2022.

    During the discussion, Van Halen also let slip who he considers to be his favorite guitarist right now.

    Not only that, the EVH SA-126 mastermind also went on to say the guitarist in question subscribes to a certain approach to soloing that his father, the late Eddie Van Halen, personally held in high regard.

    When asked about the album, new or old, that he listened to the most this year, Van Halen replied, “Intervals, Circadian.

    It’s been my most-listened-to album for the past two years, so it’s my pick for 2021 and 2022.

    “Aaron Marshall is my favorite guitar player of today,” he revealed.

    “An important thing my dad always said: when it comes to soloing, you should be able to hum the solo.

    “On top of Aaron’s ridiculous chops, he manages to work in the catchiest melodies. His melodic sensibility is one of my favorite things about his playing.”

    But Van Halen's praise for Marshall didn't stop there, with Wolfgang going on to reflect that he has developed as a guitar player because he tried to emulate the Intervals shredder's chops on Circadian.

    “He is one of my favorite guitar players,” Van Halen emphasized. “On top of that, he’s a wonderful man, a very kind dude.

    I feel like I have become a better guitar player because I’ve tried to learn all the songs on that album.

    “He has such a wonderful melodic sensibility that is so different from people in his genre of the heavier, progressive, metal-y rock sort of thing.

    It really separates him from everyone else. I can’t speak enough of how wonderful a guitar player and songwriter he is.”

    In his round-up, Wolfgang also reserved honorable mentions for Animals As Leaders heavyweights Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes, whose playing on their recent album Parrhesia he labeled as “otherworldly”.

    Elsewhere in the interview, Van Halen was asked to pick out his guitar moment of the year and, rather than cherry-picking a singular event, selected a whole guitar-related cultural movement that has been taking shape over the past 12 months.

    “The fact that guitar is working its way back into the mainstream again is my favorite guitar moment of the year,” Van Halen responded.

    “From Nita playing with Demi Lovato, Olivia Rodrigo and Lorde’s new albums, bands like Måneskin getting popular and the Taylor Hawkins tribute being broadcast on national television, it really seems like guitars and playing instruments are making a noticeable resurgence.”
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    Nice quote by Ed. Makes so much sense when it comes to soloing...at least with my ear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    Nice quote by Ed. Makes so much sense when it comes to soloing...at least with my ear.
    Er... what? You can't hum EVH solos. It doesn't mean they're not great. But how could you hum the Drop Dead Legs solo?!? Unless your humming skills are much faster than mine.
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    In general, the point is, you can hum solos that Eddie plays. Obviously there are exceptions to everything. That’s not the point.
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    I'm listening to it now. It's not bad. Instrumentals, good production. Never heard of the band before. Thanks, Wolf.

    I'd put it on the Satriani, Buckethead, Beckish shelf. Got a nice whomp! to it every now and again.

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    There are a few non technical solos from Ed you can hum, RWTD, ATBL, etc. But most Ed solos are too fast to hum.

    Pink Floyd solos you can hum, yes. Clapton solos.

    But the technical school of guitar playing, that EVH more or less fathered, has produced GREAT un-hummable solos.
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    I see dead people...I hear solo hummers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    There are a few non technical solos from Ed you can hum, RWTD, ATBL, etc. But most Ed solos are too fast to hum.

    Pink Floyd solos you can hum, yes. Clapton solos.

    But the technical school of guitar playing, that EVH more or less fathered, has produced GREAT un-hummable solos.
    RWTD and ATBL were the first two "hummable" EVH solos which came to mind. Didn't DLR say that he basically wrote those solos by humming them for EVH?
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    RWTD and ATBL were the first two "hummable" EVH solos which came to mind. Didn't DLR say that he basically wrote those solos by humming them for EVH?
    I have never heard that before. Anything is possible but didn't Dave also take credit for telling Eddie to stripe his guitar? This stuff just gets crazy after a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1986 View Post
    Dave actually pulled a Wolf and wrote everything and played everything in the studio during his VH tenure. Ed, Al, and Mike were just the live band.
    He with the PA writes the history!

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