8 Whammy Pedal moments you totally have to hear

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Steve Vai – Touching Tongues (Sex & Religion)
Vai combines a whammy pedal and delay to create complex harmonies and countermelodies in the chorus of this track from 1993’s Sex & Religion album. Very musical, very creative and very cool.

Living Colour – Wall (Stain)
With a delay effect keeping the groove going, bass player Doug Wimbish picks out certain notes to emphasise with the Whammy pedal before shifting the whole friggin’ riff up an octave over the course of the final bar of the intro. Awesome.

Pantera – Becoming (Far Beyond Driven)
Dimebag stomps on the Whammy pedal on the second beat of each bar of this killer riff. Live he liked to rock out without having to worry about pedals, so his tech did all Dime’s Whammy squealing for him.

Audioslave – Like A Stone (Audioslave)
Tom Morello uses the Whammy Pedal almost like Eddie Van Halen sometimes does with the whammy bar, using it to slide into each note from below. Awesome.

Pink Floyd – Marooned (The Division Bell)
The Whammy Pedal usage in this song is pretty subtle on first listen. David Gilmour uses it to stretch bends out over an octave, but he blends it in with his regular playing style so seamlessly that you can be forgiven for not even noticing.

Joe Satriani – Cool #9 (Joe Satriani)
The Whammy Pedal had been available for a while when Satch released this track on his low key, live-vibed self-titled album, and he’s used the pedal a lot since, but the open space provided by the vamp of this track leaves plenty of room to hear Joe’s intuitive Whammy Pedal technique in detail.

Coverdale/Page – Over Now (Coverdale/Page)
Jimmy Page uses the original WH1Whammy Pedal’s ‘Down 2nd’ mode to slide an A5 chord down to a D5. This setting is still present in the WH1, but these days they call it ‘Drop Tune.’

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (Elephant)
What sounds like a bass on this track is actually a Digitech Whammy Pedal with the pitch dropped way down below the basement. While Jack White loves his vintage analog gear, he’s obviously not shy about the occasional digital chip either.

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8 Replies to “8 Whammy Pedal moments you totally have to hear”

  1. You’ve got me thinking about other songs that use Whammy Pedals. It’s not usually something I’d listen out for.

    Can only think of one right now: Memory Crash by Steve Stevens.

  2. Going along with the “other songs using whammy”-theme”, there’s the Satch song “Raspberry Jam Delta-V” and actually, in Adrian Smiths solo in the Iron Maiden song Brighter Than A Thousand Suns has a lick using a Digitech whammy.

  3. “in Adrian Smiths solo in the Iron Maiden song Brighter Than A Thousand Suns there’s a lick that uses a Digitech whammy”

    Bleh, I shall never attempt to make sense at 3:46 AM again.

  4. Never mind Johan, making sense is highly overrated and I strive to avoid it as much as I can.

    I also love Vai’s Whammy licks in ‘The Blood And The Tears,’ and his solo on Devin Townsend’s ‘Triumph.’ That’s a cool technique.

  5. Yeah, Joe Satriani "Searching" has the best use of a whammy pedal in my opinion. I advise you all look it up.

  6. oh my god what about searching by joe satriani??? dont tell me none of you have heard it!!! really???

  7. What about Radiohead’s “Just” & “My Iron Lung”? They are my two favorites. David Gilmour uses it for the solo at the end of “High Hopes” and he has a wicked solo using the whammy on “The Blue” from his solo album “On An Island”.

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