Guitar wunderkind Eddie Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the most important rock musicians of the last 35 years. Beginning with Van Halen's 1978 debut, he virtually single-handedly re-invented the entire rock guitar lexicon with his blend of tone, technique and sheer musicality. The legendary axeman is most celebrated for his hard rock influence -- especially his two-handed approach to "fingertapping," a technique in which Van Halen uses the fingers of his right hand to fret notes on the neck of the guitar, which allows him to phrase passages very rapidly without the limitations of a pick. But he is also an exceptional rhythm player and songwriter whose playing encompasses a wide range of styles -- as we'll see in our list of the Top 10 Eddie Van Halen Guitar Solos.