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

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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.

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