Take Control of Your Whammy

by David Wallimann

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  • When I first started playing guitar, I was fascinated by the whammy bar. That little object semed to have the power to make the guitar scream, wheep, or sing and I needed to learn how to use it! Little did I know that the mastery of that metal bar would take a lifetime.

    Today's lesson will focus on adding expressive touch to you leads with the whammy bar. Make sure to use a higher end instrument if you can for this one as the whammy of cheaper instruments tend to detune the strings.

    The whole backing track can be played with a G Aeolian scale, or a G minor pentatonic scale. As always, strive for precision while studying the licks and once you are comfortable with the original lead, spend time improvising using the suggested licks over the loopd backing track.

    Have fun!

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