Classic Track: Cream – Whiteroom
Get your wah-wah skills and blues phrasing sorted with TG’S transcription from the supergroup’s classic album, Wheels of fire
Eric Clapton’s importance in the history of rock can’t be overstated. He was an early pioneer of overdrive. Later with Cream his blistering wah-wah solos would inspire legions of players.
There are two ways to use a wah-wah in your solos. The first is to rock the wah pedal in time with the music as if tapping your foot to the beat. The second is to open and close the pedal slowly to create expressive vocal-like sounds.
Experimentation is vital to this approach because you have to match the rhythm of the wah with the phrases you play. Eric uses both techniques in White Room and he occasionally rocks the pedal in ‘double time’ when playing a repeated lick to create psychedelic effects. Check out bars 7 and 8 of the solo for an example.