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Mastering the whammy bar
Posted: 2 June 2020
Bend and dive with the best. Our whammy bar guide will soon have you adding drama to your playing and mastering these trippy techniques.
Also known as the vibrato bar or tremolo system, the whammy bar is an arm-shaped bar connected to the bridge of some guitars (primarily Stratocaster-type guitars) that allows you to bend the notes without having to use your left hand. The whammy bar comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as Floyd rose, Bigsby and many others, and can be used to create unique, ethereal effects that barely sound like a guitar at all!