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Darius Wave
post Jul 17 2013, 02:05 PM
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What's up GMCers? smile.gif


I want You to share Your favourite style of using whammy bar smile.gif I like mosty Jeff Beck style. He uses whammy bar as a slide simulation in most of his playing. I think this is a very cool trick to have all of Your fingers free and add some slide flavour to Your playing. Scot Henderson does similar things. Trying to learn this technique I found one of the reasons why the volume knob in strat is so close to the bridge and why good old vintage tremolo is still a choice of some players (Even if it's probably most hard to set-up and explore to keep the tuning stable).


What are Your favourite players and their whammy bar techniques?


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post Jul 17 2013, 03:34 PM
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I like Andy Timmons because he use whammy bar to accentuate the vibrato and of course Jeff Beck because his technique is very sweet for my ears.
I don't like to use whammy bar in some insane style like Steve Vai. Do not misunderstand, I like Steve Vai but I think sometimes he is a little overreacted biggrin.gif
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post Jul 17 2013, 03:49 PM
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QUOTE (Monica Gheorghevici @ Jul 17 2013, 02:34 PM) *
I like Andy Timmons because he use whammy bar to accentuate the vibrato and of course Jeff Beck because his technique is very sweet for my ears.
I don't like to use whammy bar in some insane style like Steve Vai. Do not misunderstand, I like Steve Vai but I think sometimes he is a little overreacted biggrin.gif


I understand smile.gif You mean some techniques like holding the whoel guitar just by the whammy bar and shaking it biggrin.gif Andy is a master but I was searching for some uniqe players who mastered the whammy bar in some special way smile.gif


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post Jul 17 2013, 06:11 PM
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My two favourites are Micheal Lee Firkins:-
(Wait until 1.32!!!!)


And Jennifer Batten:-

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post Jul 18 2013, 09:42 AM
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post Jul 18 2013, 12:28 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jul 17 2013, 05:11 PM) *
My two favourites are Micheal Lee Firkins:-
(Wait until 1.32!!!!)


And Jennifer Batten:-

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I was just about to say Firkins laugh.gif and Beck - definitely my favorite whammy users and also Mattias IA Eklundh:



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post Jul 19 2013, 07:23 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Jul 17 2013, 05:11 PM) *
My two favourites are Micheal Lee Firkins:-
(Wait until 1.32!!!!)


And Jennifer Batten:-

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Oh Yes! How could I forget about Michael tongue.gif

QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 18 2013, 11:28 AM) *
I was just about to say Firkins laugh.gif and Beck - definitely my favorite whammy users and also Mattias IA Eklundh:




MAttias is also sick biggrin.gif Have You seen this? biggrin.gif



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post Jul 20 2013, 04:24 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Jul 19 2013, 06:23 PM) *
Oh Yes! How could I forget about Michael tongue.gif




MAttias is also sick biggrin.gif Have You seen this? biggrin.gif



Yes of course biggrin.gif biggrin.gif I am a big fan and I also like his band - Freak Kitchen. I had a period when I knew all their songs - around 2005-2006. Man, everything about that band is awesome - the lyrics, the musicianship, the melody, the chops, the message and the fun factor is totally great!


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post Jul 24 2013, 05:45 AM
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Here is some country style guitar. I did this using a Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. This style would be pretty much impossible to play with a Fender vibrato or a double locking whammy bar. The song is Dave Edmunds' Worn Out Suits (With Brand New Pockets).



My favorite exponent of the Bigsby Tailpiece is Lonnie Mack whose instrumental hit "Wham!" gave the "whammy bar" its name. Here he is playing Further On Down The Road with his Bigsby equipped Gibson Flying V in the company of Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan at Carnegie Hall. His amazing solo starts at 2:34.



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post Jul 24 2013, 08:23 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 24 2013, 04:45 AM) *
Here is some country style guitar. I did this using a Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. This style would be pretty much impossible to play with a Fender vibrato or a double locking whammy bar. The song is Dave Edmunds' Worn Out Suits (With Brand New Pockets).



My favorite exponent of the Bigsby Tailpiece is Lonnie Mack whose instrumental hit "Wham!" gave the "whammy bar" its name. Here he is playing Further On Down The Road with his Bigsby equipped Gibson Flying V in the company of Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan at Carnegie Hall. His amazing solo starts at 2:34.




Thnak You for adding this very important piece of history smile.gif I had to admit I had no idea how it started to be whammy smile.gif


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post Jul 24 2013, 09:17 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 24 2013, 04:45 AM) *
Here is some country style guitar. I did this using a Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece. This style would be pretty much impossible to play with a Fender vibrato or a double locking whammy bar. The song is Dave Edmunds' Worn Out Suits (With Brand New Pockets).



My favorite exponent of the Bigsby Tailpiece is Lonnie Mack whose instrumental hit "Wham!" gave the "whammy bar" its name. Here he is playing Further On Down The Road with his Bigsby equipped Gibson Flying V in the company of Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan at Carnegie Hall. His amazing solo starts at 2:34.



How in blazes is that dude with the telecaster playing with his fingers like that - looks like a bassplaying technique of some sort


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post Jul 25 2013, 03:23 AM
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Dude with Tele playing with fingers is the great Roy Buchanan. The lead guitarist in my band plays with his bare fingers though he uses his thumb too. Notice Albert Collins has his Tele capoed way up the neck. He gets a tone out of a Tele that no one can duplicate. All three of these guys are totally top notch...but Lonnie Mack is one notch higher than the top, which isn't possible but...there he is!


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post Jul 25 2013, 08:12 AM
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QUOTE (Blue Willy @ Jul 25 2013, 02:23 AM) *
Dude with Tele playing with fingers is the great Roy Buchanan. The lead guitarist in my band plays with his bare fingers though he uses his thumb too. Notice Albert Collins has his Tele capoed way up the neck. He gets a tone out of a Tele that no one can duplicate. All three of these guys are totally top notch...but Lonnie Mack is one notch higher than the top, which isn't possible but...there he is!


They all look like a bunch of dudes depicted from a Western movie - by that I mean that their authenticity is totally there biggrin.gif Looking forward for more of these musical gems!


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post Jul 29 2013, 01:46 AM
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I think there's uncountable number of top notch players who just weren't lucky enough to let the world know about their playing...sad thing..but fortunately we can share many things those days and some of those people get sort of second chance smile.gif


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post Jul 29 2013, 11:16 PM
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QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Jul 28 2013, 04:46 PM) *
I think there's uncountable number of top notch players who just weren't lucky enough to let the world know about their playing...sad thing..but fortunately we can share many things those days and some of those people get sort of second chance smile.gif

You got that right Darius. Speaking from over 50 years as a professional musician, I can attest that, as a general rule, big time success in the music business has more to do with who an artist's lawyer and management are than actual talent. This is why I quote Roland Kirk in my signature. He had a song called "The Business Ain't Nothin' But The Blues". It is sad but true. I love music but I hate the music business. Nearly all of my favorite guitar players are pretty much unknown to the general public but I sing their praises online.


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post Jul 29 2013, 11:51 PM
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Gotta go with Scott Henderson, man that guy has some crazy whammy sounds going on!




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This video came instantly to my mind when i read the title of this topic smile.gif

QUOTE (The Professor @ Jul 29 2013, 11:51 PM) *
Gotta go with Scott Henderson, man that guy has some crazy whammy sounds going on!





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post Jul 30 2013, 07:13 AM
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QUOTE (The Professor @ Jul 29 2013, 10:51 PM) *
Gotta go with Scott Henderson, man that guy has some crazy whammy sounds going on!




Such a humble dude, for his status and capabilities as a player! I had the honor of meeting him in 2008 and we sat on a staircase in the club in which he was performing. He was dressed EXACTLY as in this interview smile.gif


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QUOTE (The Professor @ Jul 29 2013, 11:51 PM) *
Gotta go with Scott Henderson, man that guy has some crazy whammy sounds going on!




I ended up watching that entire video - thank you, very interesting smile.gif


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