Mike Dawes covers Jump on acoustic guitar in tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Not only has Mike Dawes recorded this amazing acoustic guitar cover of Van Halen's Jump in tribute to Eddie Van Halen – he's giving it away for free over on his Bandcamp page

"When I was 14 I heard Eddie Van Halen play for the first time and his playing changed my world," says Mike. "From transcribing his iconic 'Beat It' solo at school to attempting his signature techniques on the acoustic guitar.

"I hadn't played guitar for two months due to '2020'. Upon hearing the shocking news of Eddie's passing the impulse to pick up the guitar again came pouring out. There was a great video of Ed going around telling a young fan to 'play music, just play music man'. I stayed up until 6am that night just playing. 

"This is made with 100% love and sincerity. It's a free download with no monetisation or ads on the video (unless the Van Halen publisher wants them)

"I wanted to create a tribute in honour of a legend that inspired so many players out there and I hope I've done it justice. Maybe it will inspire you to play too."

We salute you Mike and we're sure Eddie would too! 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.