Wah-Wah Pedal

author: Behnam H. date: 09/20/2010 category: for beginners
rating: 7 / votes: 6 
You know what exactly wah-wah pedal can do, and it use a lot in a lot of songs and solos. First time that I bought a wah-wah pedal, I'm just play some solos and push the pedal, but no it's not the way! You have to control your pedal and push it in right time. Here is some riff that might help you playing with your wah-wah pedal! I have mark notes with o that you have to push your pedal, and + means that you have to turn back your pedal! o = push wah-wah pedal + = release wah-wah pedal p = pull out h = hammer on x = dead note fb= full bend 1- It's an easy riff, you have to push pedal 4 times for each chord, Push your pedal with same timing, be careful for dead notes!
Riff a)
   o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o +
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
|.-2-----------x-x-0-----------x-x-2---------------------------x-x-.|
|.-2-----------x-x-0-----------x-x-2-----------x-x-2-----------x-x-.|
| -0-----------x-x-x-----------x-x-0-----------x-x-2-----------x-x- |
| -------------x-x-3---------------------------x-x-0--------------- |
 
Riff b)
   o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o + o +
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
|.-9-----------5---7-----------4---9-----------12--7-----------4---.|
|.-----------------------------------------------------------------.|
| -7-----------3---5-----------2---7-----------10--5-----------2--- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
2- This riff use in a lot of solos, first play the 12 and while you pull out it push your pedal, play free note while you hold your pedal, release your pedal and do next note, try to do it fast!
Riff a)
    + o    + o   + o   + o    + o   + o   + o   + o 
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
|.-12p0-0-10p0-0-8p0-0-7p0-0-10p0-0-8p0-0-7p0-0-5p0-0-.|
|.----------------------------------------------------.|
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
 
Riff b)
    + o   + o   + o   + o   + o   + o   + o    + o 
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
| --0h5h8-0h5h8-0h4h7-0h4h7-0h5h8-0h5h8-0h7h10-0h7h10- |
|.----------------------------------------------------.|
|.----------------------------------------------------.|
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
| ---------------------------------------------------- |
3- using pedal while you do bending, it sound great. Play bending and push pedal, all notes have e same timing, try to play fast!
Riff a)
   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +         
| ---------------------------------------------------------8---5--- |
| -------------------------8---5---8fb-----5-------8fb------------- |
|.-7fb-----5-------7fb-------------------------7-------------------.|
|.-------------7---------------------------------------------------.|
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
 
Riff b)
   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +     
| ---------------------10------------------------------------------ |
| ---------13--------------13--10---------------------------------- |
| -12fb------------12fb------------12fb----10------12--10---------- |
| ---------------------------------------------------------12--10-- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
4- this riff is little complex, but start with low speed. In this riff pedal don't have a same timing so be careful when you have to push it and hold it.
Riff a)
   o     +     o     +     o                 +
| -15p12----12-15p12----12-15p12-17p12-15p12---12- |
| -------15----------15----------------------15--- |
|.------------------------------------------------.|
|.------------------------------------------------.|
| ------------------------------------------------ |
| ------------------------------------------------ |
 
Riff b)
   o       +       o       +       o 
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
|.-0h12h15---------0h12h15---------0h12h15-0h13h16-0h14h17-0h15h18-.|
|.---------0h12h15---------0h12h15---------------------------------.|
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
 
Riff c)
   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +   o   +
| -7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-7-7-x-7-5-5-x-5-7-7-x-7- |
| -6-6-x-6-7-7-x-7-6-6-x-6-7-7-x-7-6-6-x-6-6-6-x-6-6-6-x-6-6-6-x-6- |
|.-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-7-7-x-7-.|
|.-----------------------------------------------------------------.|
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
| ----------------------------------------------------------------- |
5- Pushing gradually, play this riff very fast and push your pedal gradually, this technique usually use at start of solos. So timing is random, but try to push pedal slowly that u gradually change the sound. (all notes have a same timing) *Repeat this riff a lot. It depends on you
Riff a)
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
| ------1215p12------12-15p12------12-15p12------12-15p12- |
|.-14fb----------14fb----------14fb----------14fb----------.|
|.---------------------------------------------------------.|
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
 
Riff b)
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
| -10h13p10h13p10h13p10h13p10h13.....---------------------- |
|.---------------------------------------------------------.|
|.---------------------------------------------------------.|
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
| --------------------------------------------------------- |
6- using wah-wah pedal with dead notes sound cool, you've already heard a lot of songs in this case, so here is like voodoo child intro!
Riff a)
  +       o       +   o       +       o       +   o
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-|
|-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-----x-|
 
Riff b)
   + o     + o     + o     + o
| ------------------------------------ |
| -x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-12-12-12- |
|.-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-12-12-12-.|
|.-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-12-12-12-.|
| -x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x---------- |
| ------------------------------------ |
 
Riff c)
   +       o   +       o   +   o   +   o 
| -----------------------------------------
| -x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-3---x-x-5---
|.-x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-3---x-x-5---
|.-x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-3---x-x-5---
| -----------------------------------------
| -----------------------------------------
 
 +       o   +       o   +   o   +   o
----------------------------------------- |
-x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-2---x-x-2--- |
-x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-3---x-x-3---.|
-x-x-x-x-2---x-x-x-x-2---x-x-2---x-x-2---.|
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