#1
I have a guitar with a Floyd Rose, and up until now haven't used it for more than to dive bomb the shit out of it, which admittedly is quite fun But the thing is, I want to become better at using it and to better integrate it into the stuff I do.. Any suggestions or songs I could try out, starting off simply? Some cool exercises would also be pretty rad.

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#2
Well the question is... what kind of sounds do you want to get out of it?

However, recommended floyd-based listening is basically Matthias Eklundh and Steve Vai. Between them there isn't anything that has been done with a floyd that they can't do.
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#3
Well, I really want to get some stuff similar to Alexi Laiho's technique. I play a lot of metal, and when I think of vibrato it's all cool bends and heavy whammy usage like the solo to Children of Bodom. Iron Maiden are also up there on the list.
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#4
just spend time experimenting. whammy sounds awful if you cant use it but with a little practice is awesome. i've only just started trying a few things with mine but only have standard trem looking to upgrade to a floyd
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#5
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Well the question is... what kind of sounds do you want to get out of it?

However, recommended floyd-based listening is basically Matthias Eklundh and Steve Vai. Between them there isn't anything that has been done with a floyd that they can't do.

That's exactly who I was going to recommend.

Satch also does a few things with the bar. And there's always Motley Crue.
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#6
Try Brad Gillis from Night Ranger (assuming I have the right one), was given one of the original 3 Floyds, bases most of his solos on whammy stuff
#7
Yep , I'm a fan of Alexi Laiho too! and I learnt something about floyd rose and that kind of stuff just looking at his video on youtube : "Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom, Melodic Speed, Shred & Heavy Riffs " and listening to COB all the time, but honestly I think that floyd rose isn't for me, I prefer the classic bridge.
#8
I have that dvd!
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#9
lots of judas priest stuff has pretty wicked floyd stuff in the solos, sometimes even in the riffs,
#10
Learning the first half of the Big Trouble solo helped me get used to using the whammy for small, Vai-esque effects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-s2u0QcJO0
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#11
a real fun thing i practice from time to time is something i picked up from a steve vai lesson on his sight. basicly it was using the bar to play melodies only holding one note and using the bar to alter the pitch. what this will help with is accuracy of being in tune with the pitches your trying to hit. you will have a tone of fun with this.
#12
Sounds cool!
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#13
The floyd vibrato that Alexi does is freakin awesome man. Easy to do as well, just grab the whammy with your fingers underneath the bar and then pull it up and let go very shortly afterwards. I use it a lot in the sorta stuff that I play, also check out the Herman Li video about different sounds on youtube. It's pretty awesome and it shows you how to use the whammy bar really well, plus the sounds which he makes with it are just fantastic.