Celebrating the Life of Eddie Van Halen with a Few Classic Cuts!

Eddie Van Halen redefined what it meant to play the guitar. He cranked out a slew of hits with his band Van Halen while bewildering everyone with his unreal finger gymnastics. Bringing this into the world of video games for a moment, almost every Rock Band or Guitar Hero song that would be classified as Expert difficulty most likely is played in the style that Eddie Van Halen created. There is no “Through the Fire and Flames” without Eddie blazing fretboards decades prior.

His passing on October 6th really hit home for me. I talked about in great detail on stream and I don’t feel comfortable trying to write that out right now. Feel free to watch that segment, which includes baby Jett in diapers, rocking out to the work of Eddie Van Halen. Instead, I just wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of his works that I really enjoy. Whether you’re a bigger fan than I or are completely unfamiliar with his work, I hope you enjoy this collection of music!

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Beat It! Turns My Musical PassionĀ Into A Game

Since the early 2000’s, I have spent countless hours in front of music sequencers, creating music of varying quality. While my sequencer of choice has been FL Studio (better known as Fruity Loops), I also have experience triggering samples on Reason, GarageBand, Ableton Live as well as hardware samplers such as the Akai MPC and assorted Roland/Boss drum machines.

Why does any of this matter? Because Beat It! takes the sequencer experience and turns it into a game. Beat junkies like me will have a blast with this game. However, if you don’t have experience laying down tracks, you may still enjoy this as a different take on the music game genre.
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