One of the best guitarists in the world, Yngwie Malmsteen, recently made a live stream on YouTube and answered fans’ questions. In the stream, he talked about Van Halen’s late guitarist Eddie Van Halen and stated that while everyone copied his guitar playing techniques, he was more inspired by his mottos.

Malmsteen was chosen the 9th greatest electric guitarist in the world by Time magazine, and in his 40 years of being in the industry, he released 22 solo albums. The guitarist recently dropped his album ‘Parabellum’ and showed that he still improves himself as a guitar player and received many positive comments from fans.

In his recent live stream on YouTube, he interacted with his viewers while jamming on his guitar and answered several questions. He was asked about Van Halen’s guitarist Eddie, who passed away just over a year ago. Like every musician, he spoke about how much he appreciates Eddie’s contribution to rock and roll and metal.

The guitarist stated that he changed the standards and techniques for every guitar player. He inspired so many people with his unique skills and led the fashion in the guitar world. However, Malmsteen also stressed that he wasn’t one of the people who copied Eddie’s talents but instead, he was influenced by his personality, especially his motto of being ‘spontaneous.’

Here is what Malmsteen said about Eddie:

“What can you say about Eddie? He changed everything. I had already been playing for a while when I heard him. It was complete – it was like, ‘Wow,’ you know, the whole band when it came out in the first album, and everybody I knew would hack up their straps and put humbuckers and start tapping. I didn’t want to do that because that’s Eddie and let Eddie be Eddie.

But he influenced me in other ways. Just to be spontaneous, which I have always been anyway, but the way they made those first two albums, I loved everything about it. It was so live in the studio kind of thing. I really love that, and it was a great whole thing. Eddie was amazing. God bless him. Amazing. There are not enough words really.”

You can watch the stream below.