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Van Halen's Eddie Van Halen says the best advice he's ever received came from his father. 

The rocker tells "Esquire" that as a young guitarist he wasn't sure of what to do when he didn't deliver a flawless performance, so he asked his dad how to handle such situations. 

He says his dad gave him two suggestions - "don't stop" and "don't let the audience know you made a mistake." 

Eddie is among the men contributing the most valuable words of wisdom they've received to "Esquire's" "Amazing Portrait of the American Man in 2013." 

The feature is part of a special issue commemorating the publication's 80th anniversary, which will arrive on newsstands September 17th. 

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