What The Late Eddie Van Halen Can Show You About Music And Life

I’m sure you’ve heard that the great Eddie Van Halen passed away from throat cancer on October 6, 2020. Sadly, at just 65 years old.

It’s honestly heart breaking. I remember one random day in 5th grade when I was lying on my bed, listening to Van Halen and rocking out. (Just a random moment that popped in my head when I heard the news.)

Anyways, while Eddie wasn’t the biggest influence in my playing, there’s one thing about his life & career I find really interesting…

He NEVER learned to read music.

Let me repeat that: 

One of the greatest guitar gods in history had no idea how to read music. 

Pretty cool, right?

But Eddie not knowing how to read music didn’t stop him from changing the world with his playing.

He moved people. He gave them an escape. He changed the face of music as we know it…

Again, without knowing how to read a single dang note of music.

Imagine if he never started playing in front of others because of that…

It would’ve been devastating to music (and we wouldn’t even know it).

That’s why my mission for Breakthrough Guitar is simple… 

“Make music simple, so you don’t go to your grave with your music locked up inside.”

Playing is an expression

Playing is a language for connecting…

Playing is emotional.

And if you lock it up because you “don’t know theory”, or “don’t know how to read music”, then you’re not only doing a disservice to yourself, but your loved ones as well.

So let your music out. Wherever you are in your journey. Because I’m always here to help and support you. You just have to let me know how I can help.

Anyways, that’s it for today. Talk to you soon,

I was surprised by how hard learning lead guitar was.

Most Guitar lessons and youtube never really did the trick.

Eventually, I had a lightbulb moment that helped me breakthrough on the guitar.

One day I overheard a Columbian jazz musician mention “7 feelings”.

The reason we love music is that we’re “pre-wired” with these 7 feelings.

These 7 feelings are what put it all together for me.


I’ve taught this to over 18,000 students who say this “turns on the light” for them

I want to give you the same breakthrough that i’ve had
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