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1 Jimmy Page Solo Inspired Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Tapping, but Page Said He Wasn’t Worthy of EVH’s Skill

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Jimmy Page wasn’t just flying by the seat of his pants when he quickly formed Led Zeppelin. Page had a plan for the debut album, and he executed it brilliantly. His intricately planned approach to the band, the variety of styles he played, and his technological innovations made him an influence on guitarists who came after him. Still, one Page solo that influenced Eddie Van Halen ended up being something Page said he could perform as well as EVH.

Jimmy Page performs with Led Zeppelin in Amsterdam in 1972; Eddie Van Halen uses his finger-tapping technique to play guitar with Van Halen in 1986.
(l-r) Jimmy Page; Eddie Van Halen | Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns; Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

A Jimmy Page solo inspired Eddie Van Halen’s finger-tapping technique

Page laid down several outstanding solos that weren’t “Stairway to Heaven” on Led Zeppelin’s studio albums. He cut loose when the band played live. Page’s solos lasted longer and often varied drastically from what he played on the records. Those live shows impacted the next wave of standout guitarists.

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