Plini guitar lesson: using your vibrato bar creatively and tastefully

In my experience, the whammy bar — known more formally as a tremolo bar, or more precisely, a vibrato bar — started to get a bad name among modern metal guitarists who were trying to play with “modern” taste. Many players think of the whammy as something from the Eighties that was only used for cliché techniques, such as “dives” or “scoops” with harmonics, as shown in FIGURE 1, and that was pretty much it. The choice came down to: Do I have a whammy bar that I will shake wildly, or will I instead play with a fixed bridge? But in truth, like any articulation technique or device available to an electric guitar player, the whammy bar can offer a really fun and expressive way to expand your sound. 

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