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How to use a wah pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Tupac, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Tupac

    Tupac

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    Any tips for applying it? I just got one, and I'm kind of lost. Not the act of using it, I mean when and how to tilt.
  2. rratajski

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    What type of music are you playing?

    Listen to Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine. When the guitar makes the "wah-wah" sound, that's Tom sweeping up and down quickly.
  3. CHILDISHGAMBINO

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    Try rocking it to a beat. Rock it forward and back again on the kick drum for example.
  4. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

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    I use mine to emphasize a riff, add to a verse or for a funky lick. Also works well for slow synthy filter sweeps, finding a sweet spot with fuzz or as a manually driven LFO....
  5. Floyd Eye

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    Using instrument cables, plug one end into your instrument and the other end into your amp. Apply power to the pedal. Turn on amp. Use your imagination.
  6. MADChuudoku

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    askepios by the mars volta has some nice bass wah near the end
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Non Serviam Supporting Member

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    I always say there are three basic approaches to the wah:

    The Hendrix approach: using the pedal to shape the notes in a vocal-like way

    The Clapton approach: keeping the beat on the wah, adding a regular, rhythmic filter sweep

    The Zappa approach: using the wah very subtly, to create tonal changes over the course of a solo

    All of these can be applied to bass.
  8. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters Supporting Member

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    Check out Calm Like a Bomb, Mic Check and Cochise. Those songs made me get a 105Q.
  9. willbassyeah

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    i have a song called parkdrive by parkdrive, i could not find it in youtube, the bassist use octaver and use the wah as filter instead of just a wah pedal, very cool sounding, wish i ca n share it with you guys.
  10. AndyLES

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    Check out Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath - especially the intro to "NIB" and the verses of "Sign of the Southern Cross."
  11. lokikallas

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    Listen to the master. Cliff Burton. The best examples would be Anethesia (bass solo) Call of Kthulhu, Seek and Destroy, or just watch Cliff 'em All. I have yet to hear any bass player come close to the skill which Cliff used the wah. Importantly, he didn't over use it either.
  12. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right? Supporting Member

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    This is a very helpful classification. I usually only use the Clapton approach mostly because it's the easiest and I am not a heavy wah user, however, the other two certainly have their place and can sound great.

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