Tool’s iconic guitarist, Adam Jones was the recent interview guest of Guitar World’s David Von Bader, and he admitted that Eddie Van Halen is far better guitarist than him.

Here is what Guitar World asked to Adam:

“You have a left-handed strum/pull-off technique on track ‘Jambi’ that has mystified a lot of Tool fans over the years. How did you develop that idea?”

Adam Jones responded:

“The pull-off thing I do? That started because I play in drop-D and if you do a chord in drop-D, you hold down the top three strings with your first finger and then your third and fourth finger hold the fourth and fifth string, creating a cheater’s barre D-shape chord that you can move up and down the neck.

In the old days, I’d just play the first strings with one finger, and I’d do this thing where I’d dramatically pull off to get to the next chord – and I started noticing a rhythm in that dramatic pull-off.”

He continued:

“Again, I’m not Eddie Van Halen, but I try to figure out other things I can do that are mine. I love Eddie and I wish I could play like him, but it’s kind of been done and that’s also kind of the point!

For a guitar player – regardless of what your level is – it’s about doing what you can do and trying to do it well instead of worrying about how someone else does it. I think people get kind of lost when it comes to why they’re doing it.

It’s not a video game where you have to master a sequence exactly or you don’t beat the level. That’s not what guitar playing is, and if you’re trying to emulate someone else, sure, it can help you with what you’re doing, but if you get lost in that pursuit, you’re not going to do anything worthwhile.”

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