Holding the whammy bar as you play
If you’re used to just occasionally grabbing the whammy bar to create effects or dive-bombs, executing accurate pitch changes can seem tricky at first. One tip for improving your accuracy is to play the pitch you’re bending down to first; then with practise you will then be able to hit the desired note with ease. Hank holds the whammy bar in the palm of his hand, clasping it with his second, third and fourth fingers. Note: Hank Marvin favours the VML ‘Easy-Mute’ tremolo system because it has an extra bend in the arm to facilitate palm muting of the higher strings.