The founder of Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen, talked about his process of learning how to play musical instruments so as to become a multi-instrumentalist like his father Eddie and uncle Alex and revealed that contrary to general belief, his father didn’t actually teach him everything.
Wolf’s rockstar career started early, as he started playing drums when he was just nine years old and his father got him his first drum kit for his 10th birthday. In a previous interview Wolf had said that although people believe that it was his uncle Alex who taught him how to play drums, it was actually his father who ignited his interest.
In 2007, at the age of sixteen, Wolf started performing as the bassist of Van Halen, and although he spent some time with Tremonti too, some months ago, he started working on his solo career. Upon Eddie’s passing in October 2020, Wolf released his first debut song ‘Distance‘ as a tribute to his father which achieved mainstream success and ranked No.1 on the Billboard charts.
As he’s following his father’s steps, Wolf is often asked whether his knowledge of musical instruments comes from his family. As it turns out, even though watching Eddie and Alex rehearse with the rest of the band definitely encouraged Wolf to pick up an instrument, he was mostly self-taught.
Wolf said that, for example, Eddie taught him a power chord and ‘how to do a standard AC/DC style drum beat’ but from then on, it was Wolf who improved his skills. He said that he would listen to music and try to play along as a way of teaching himself. Wolf also went on to say that even though initially he considered bass to be an ‘easier version of the guitar‘ he realized he was very wrong when he listened to Les Claypool and John Entwistle.
Here’s what Wolf said about learning how to play Bass from his father:
“People always think that dad taught me how to play everything, but all he did was teach me a power cord on guitar and how to do a standard AC/DC style drum beat. From there, I just listened to music and played along. I always viewed bass as an ‘easier’ version of the guitar, but I realized I was totally wrong once I started listening to people like Les Claypool and John Entwistle.”
Click here for the source.