Magic Whammy Pedal Moments ~ Vai, Satriani, Gilmour and Morello

I recently taught a workshop focussing wholly on modern guitar heroes and did some extensive research on tracks that used the Digitech Whammy pedal to great affect.

Here is my Top 5 Whammy Pedal moments, including: Steve Vai, David Gilmour, Joe Satriani and of course, Tom Morello!

Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine

Listen from 3mins 52secs for Tom Morello’s excellent sixteenth note, alternate picked, single-string solo. Check out his LH legato hammer-ons and pull-offs – cool!

‘Killing In The Name’ can be found on RATM’s self-titled debut album, which was released in 1992.

Searching – Joe Satriani

Listen from 55secs in to hear Joe use the whammy pedal to great affect on those melodic triad arpeggios.

This track is featured on Joe’s 2004 album ‘Is There Love In Space?’.

Marooned – Pink Floyd

Listen straight from the start to hear David Gilmour’s subtle whammy pedal delights. You could easily be misguided into thinking that he was playing a lapsteel guitar on some of the long and slow slides up!

This track is found on Pink Floyd’s ‘Division Bell’ album, which was released in 1994.

Like A Stone – Audio Slave

Listen from 2mins 54secs for Tom Morello’s second solo on the list. Notice the slight splash of delay to create harmonies.

This track can be found on the supergroups self-titled debut album ‘Audioslave’, which was released in 2002.

Touching Tongues – Steve Vai

Listen from 2mins 10secs for the introduction of the whammy and delay to create luscious harmonised melodies.

This track is featured on Steve’s 1993 album called ‘Sex & Religion’.

About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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