The good old whammy bar - a favorite of guitar legends from Hendrix to Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen - is a great tool to master. In this short electric guitar tutorial, touring guitarist and Elixir Strings artist Bill Worrell demos three must-have whammy bar tricks to get you started! Learn some exciting tremolo tips to add Satriani-style flavor to your playing, with examples from Bill’s own tunes ‘The Wah Song’ and ‘A Way Back Home’.
Whether you refer to it as a whammy bar, tremolo arm or (more accurately!) a vibrato arm, there’s a lot of fun to be had from an electric guitar’s moving bridge system. From gentle chord wobbles to screaming divebombs, the interest and expression it can add to your guitar parts is huge.
Bill plays Elixir Strings for their great feel, long life and tuning stability.
A native of Pasadena, California, Bill Worrell graduated from California State University with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2008. Since then, he’s carved out a career that has seen him tour with classic US rock band America and release several solo EPs of guitar-driven instrumental and vocal music.