Eddie Van Halen’s passion for music began as a child, and he’s working to make sure future generations have the same opportunity.
Eddie says that his whole life has been music, I could not imagine anything else. It really hit me when I graduated high school, you sign everybody’s yearbook and everybody asks you, ‘So what college are you going to?’” By then, Van Halen had been in a band with his brother Alexsince the fourth grade.
CHULA VISTA, CA – SEPTEMBER 30: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on September 30, 2015 in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty Images)
Fast forward several decades, and funding for school music programs has dwindled – sometimes to nothing. “It’s a must,” Van Halen said. “It has to be taught.”
That commitment to education led Van Halen to donate 75 guitars from his personal collection to the nonprofit Mr Hollands Opus foundation, which is giving them away to low-income public schools. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, the kids share the guitars, they learn, they graduate and then the instruments stay in the school.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 19: Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Live Nation)
Eddie Van Halen says that music is such a necessity. It touches people’s souls, music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything.
This is a short video where Eddie gives some demo’s of songs we all know, and explains his technique.