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How the Wah Pedal Works

 

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In this first lesson I'll show you how the wah pedal works. You engage it by pressing down pretty hard with your toes. Then as you switch between the heel-down position and the toe-down position you can hear why it's called a "wah" pedal!

It actually works by boosting your midrange, similar to turning up the "mids" knob on your amp. Then the knob stays up, while the frequency changes from the lower midrange frequencies to the higher ones - that's what creates the "wah" sound.