It’s no secret that Paul Gilbert, one of the greatest guitarists of our time, is a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen. On his “Get Out of My Yard” CD (released in 2006), Paul was inspired to write an instrumental tribute to his idol, called “3 E’s For Edward”.
In the CD’s liner notes, Paul wrote the following:
“My biggest guitar hero is named Edward. I have seen visions of freedom, virtuosity, and unspeakable joy that remain unmatched. I hope he can find his way to a place free of all pollution and once again show us the beauty of his music and soul. With this hope in mind, I put three strings on my acoustic guitar, tuned them all to E (in octaves), and play these notes for him.”
Here’s video of Paul playing “3 E’s For Edward” and discussing how and why he came up with the song.