“Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” by Van Halen

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Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Main Riff

Intro (chorus)

Verses

Solo

This isn’t too difficult a solo to learn. It’s possible to play much of the solo with a single finger. One of the things that stand out in this solo is the use of the open high E string. It
creates quite an exotic sound.

Here’s a breakdown of the solo:

Ain't Talkin' Bout Love Solo

guitar tab

This last part contains the fastest run. It begins with a common repeating pattern that should be part of everyone’s lead guitar trick bag. The solo closes out with a whammy bar dip (Eddie loves his whammy bar), so if your guitar isn’t equipped with one you won’t be able to do this part. That may be a good thing because that dang whammy bar can knock you out of tune in the blink of an eye.

solo

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” (Power Tab)