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Master Class with Guitar Legend Billy Sheehan

Known for his work with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and Mr. Big, Billy has won ‘Best Rock Bass Player’ five times by Guitar Player Magazine and has played in over 4,000 shows. Billy has also been hosting bass masterclasses for over 25 years in countries all over the world.

Billy’s masterclasses are designed to be as inspirational as they are informative, teaching students how to improve their playing and develop their style.

As well as playing for the students, this electrifying bassist will also be sharing his experiences as a professional musician working within the music business.

Often called “the Eddie Van Halen of the bass,” Billy Sheehan just happened to catch his big break playing with former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Although Eddie Van Halen gets the lion’s share of credit for popularizing the two- handed tapping technique on guitar, it’s been rumored that Sheehan began utilizing the same technique around the same time on his bass.

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Sheehan spent much of the ’70s and early ’80s as the leader of Talas. 

According to Sheehan years later, Eddie Van Halen supposedly made overtures to Sheehan to replace Michael Anthony in Van Halen, but Sheehan remained in Talas. Several indie releases followed, 1980s Talas: Featuring Billy Sheehan, 1982’s Sink Your Teeth into That, and 1983’s Live Speed on Ice, as Sheehan began to be recognized for his exceptional bass talents in national guitar publications. Just as Talas was about to sign their much-sought-after major label contract in 1985, Sheehan received a call from his old pal, David Lee Roth, inquiring if the bassist would like to join his solo band (Roth had just exited Van Halen). Sheehan accepted, and along with guitarist Steve Vai and drummer Gregg Bissonette, David Lee Roth’s band was born.


We are able to provide this incredible opportunity at a reduced cost through the generously of Billy Sheehan, who is donating his time in support of the West Falls Center for the Arts.



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