I was in high school when Van Halen hit. Eddie's playing really blew away all the guitarists. A keyboard playing friend of mine said, I can't tell if he's a genius or just insane. While I was a huge Van Halen fan and learned a bunch of Van Halen songs, I purposely didn't learn his solos. There were way too many clones out there doing that and I always felt that the solo part of a song was where a guitarist should speak in his own voice.