Whammy Bar Licks and Tricks

Doug Doppler helps you learn the building blocks of great Whammy Bar technique on this Guitar 411 DVD. Whammy Bar Mojo shows you how to construct and deconstruct the elements of music. Interestingly enough, much of this technique has as much to do how you get to and from the whammy bar and how you mute unwanted strings as it does using the bar itself. The DVD starts off with a series of exercises showing you how to keep those unruly strings quiet, and then integrate the volume control into the process of taming unwanted noise that accompanies the kind of gain necessary to make most of your favorite whammy bar licks come to life.

From there you'll systematically go through the most commonly used techniques: Dives, Dive & Climbs, Dips, Vibrato, and Intervals. In addition to in-depth descriptions for how to master each of these techniques, you'll see how to play 4 licks using each of these techniques, and in turn how to place them into the 4th measure of the 1/8th note metal progression that is used repeatedly over the course of the DVD.

See how to make the transition from measure three of the rhythm to the lick, and then play that transition 4 times at 120 bpm (beats per minute). Then you'll loop the entire rhythm and the lick four times at both 120 and 140 bpm. Once you've done that for all 4 licks inside each technique, you'll play the entire progression 4 times through dropping in each of the four licks every fourth measure at both 120 and 140 bpm. The end result is that you learn not only how to play each lick and technique, but how to use them in a musical framework at a slower and faster tempo to lock in each technique - cool!

In addition to all that, there is a segment on how to change strings and get your whammy bar guitars in tune quickly, and this alone is invaluable.

Starting with the Ultimate Speaker Demo, an ever-increasing number of the GearTunes audio  clips are being tracked using the Radial JCR Reamp. The Reamp was invented by my good friend and colleague John Cuniberti who engineered/co-produced many of Joe Satriani's most infamous recordings.

For GearTunes, reamping allows me to record a track where the guitar "hears" the amp in the room, but initially only the guitar or guitar and effects signal is recorded. This allows me to spend additional time perfecting amp tones and mic placement once I have the performance I'm looking for. One of the byproducts of this process is the creation of GearTunes DI Clips which enable you to play select guitars and effects through your amp by using your mobile device or computer as a reamp device.

For GearTunes DI Clips - and Gear Tune DI Clips ONLY (always found under the DI clips tab for gear that has one), you can play our guitar and effects through your amp. Simply use an unbalanced cable that terminates with an 1/8th inch jack on one end and a 1/4 inch jack on the other. Connect the 1/8th jack to the output of your mobile device or computer and the 1/4 inch jack into the front of your amp. Start off with your amp volume at zero and your mobile device (or computer) volume all the way up to ensure you hit the front end of the amp with enough signal, and then gradually increase the volume of the clean channel on your amp until you reach a level that is not capable of causing damage to your ears or equipment. GearTunes accepts no liability for the use, abuse or misuse of these clips, and playing them into your amp is done exclusively at your own risk.

I am tremendously excited about being able to share GearTunes DI Clips with you as you journey on your quest to find right gear for the music you play! Cheers ~ Doug:)

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