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Alex Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher”, by Gregg Bissonette

Alex Van Halen, of the rock band Van Halen, is widely-regarded as one of the greatest drummers ever to grace the stage. His iconic performance on the song “Hot for Teacher” is recognized around the globe as a truly exemplary display of supreme drumming skills. The interplay between Alex’s drums and Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo on this track has become a rite of passage for aspiring rock musicians.

But what makes Alex’s performance so special? One reason could be his use of double bass drums, which he utilizes in nearly every song in some capacity. He also tends to keep an interesting variation on traditional beats and fills throughout his songs, making them more dynamic than they would be otherwise.