lessons

Alex Van Halen’s Hot Licks

“Jump”

1984 was a great rock and roll album. The song “Jump” kickstarted the Van Halen keyboard sound (provided by an Oberheim synthesizer) and another great drum part from AVH. The prechorus has an unusual pattern that uses his ride bell, ride, and snare to outline the dotted quarter-note accents. The unique tom sounds were provided by the Remo Rototoms and Remo CS heads that Van Halen and other drummers like Terry Bozzio were fond of at the time.

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“Panama”

Here’s another one of those tricky VH entrances that can throw you for a loop if you’re not paying attention. This version has the guitar part broadly outlined to help you keep your place.

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