During a recent appearance on “The Afternoon Program” on the 102.9 The Hog radio station, Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang says that his father was actually a pretty lame guitar teacher.
“He didn’t teach me how to play guitar,” Wolfgang says (hear audio below). “He was a terrible teacher. He only taught me how to do power chords on a guitar, and then I taught myself. [Laughs] I would ask him how to play something, and then he would just be himself, which is be a legendary guitar player. He couldn’t really help me connect point A to point B; he would just do it and go, ‘Do this,’ because it’s so easy for him. And I would just laugh and be, like, ‘Okay.’ [Laughs]
“I guess it’s the same thing with [Albert] Einstein,” he continued. “[Einstein] couldn’t tie his shoes. There’s a saying where it’s, like, you’re such a genius that it’s hard to impart that to others; it’s just kind of what you are. [Laughs]”
Wolfgang previously discussed on Entertainment Tonight what he’s father thought on his recent single “Distance.”
“Oh, he loved it,” Wolfgang responded. “He was very proud. He got to hear all of my music before he passed. And he would constantly say, ‘Best album of all time!’ He was really proud.”
Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, after long battle with cancer. “Alex was by his side, as were Eddie‘s wife, Janie, and son, Wolfgang.