Famous writer Steven Rosen unearthed a rare special interview with Eddie Van Halen. Steven stated that he made that interview with Eddie Van Halen‘s album lying on the table and was smiling.

Steven also revealed that that was his first interview on his life. Here are the vital parts of that legendary interview.

Steven Rosen:

“Do you remember the first guitar you had?”

Eddie Van Halen:

“Oh, yeah, hah hah hah. A Sears Teisco Del Rey. A three-pickup job. I thought the more pickups it had, the better guitar it was. The more switches and everything. Nowadays I’ve got kind of a home-made copy of a Strat with just one pickup and one volume knob on it. Really simple.”

Steven Rosen:

“How you do you manage to keep your guitar in tune when you have so much whammy bar stuff going on in your playing?”

Eddie Van Halen:

“That is a very tricky question. So far I haven’t told or showed anybody. I dicked around with a Strat for years learning how to do that, and there’s about four or five different things that you have to do, including knowing the technique of playing it.

A lot of people just grab the bar and go [mimics the sound of a bar going up and down] and expect it to stay in tune. There’s little things that you have to do. Like after you hit the bar after you bring the note down, usually one of the strings goes sharp.”

Steven Rosen:

“Ted Templeman was important as far as finding a direction on the first album and bringing out the best in you?”

Eddie Van Halen:

“Oh, sure. What he managed to do was put our live sound on a record. I mean, a lot of people have to do a bunch of overdubs to make it sound full. It’s a lot easier to make a lot of instruments sound full than a guitar, bass and drums. That’s where Ted comes in. He knows his shit. He’s the man. He’s doing our next one, too. Van Halen is three instruments and voices with very few overdubs, very live sounding.

Ted Templeman the producer and Donn Landee the engineer, they weren’t quite sure of what we wanted. They weren’t too familiar with our sound. We sifted through all the songs with Ted and we picked out what we wanted to do. And one out of the four might say: “Hey, let’s do this one.” And the other guys are going: “Nah. Why don’t we try this one?”

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