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Guitar F/X Licks - Wednesday, Week 3

Another important aspect of wah-wah use is the pedal's ability to shape notes of a phrase like a filter or boost. Leaving the pedal in one place emphasizes a particular group of frequencies creating a tone-control effect. Prime exponents of this approach include rock guitarists Michael Schenker and Randy Rhoads. Both icons regularly harnessed the "stuck wah" tone in their solos and riffs-in Schenker's case it became a sonic signature.

Today's lick exemplifies the sound. This melody is played in F# minor and uses a combination of the F# Aeolian mode (F#-G#-A-B-C#-D-E) and the F# Harmonic Minor Scale (F#-G#-A-B-C#-D-E#), a popular amalgam among the neoclassical rock guitarists of the 1980s. The lick was played on a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Crybaby wah-wah pedal plugged into a Soldano SLO-100 head and a vintage Marshall 4x12 cabinet.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: E


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