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How to use a wah pedal?

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

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    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

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    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. 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

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    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

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    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. askepios by the mars volta has some nice bass wah near the end
  7. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    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

    Apr 20, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Check out Calm Like a Bomb, Mic Check and Cochise. Those songs made me get a 105Q.
  9. willbassyeah


    Oct 9, 2011
    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


    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    Check out Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath - especially the intro to "NIB" and the verses of "Sign of the Southern Cross."
  11. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    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?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    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.