When it comes to playing electric guitar, there is a variety of things you can do with it beyond just playing notes. Incorporating the whammy bar and other electric guitar specific techniques is an important part in developing your sound.
When first learning about the electric guitar, often times what seems to happen is people tend to get way too caught up in focusing on scales and chords. Players will fixate way to much on getting the basic theory down, and not enough time on truly exploring the instrument that is right in front of them. Generally, these are the same players that refuse to acknowledge the fun they could be having with the whammy bar.
For some reason, there are people out there that disregard just how much people love whammy bar tricks. Whether you like it or not, once you throw the whammy bar into your solo, people will start to lose their minds.
Not all instruments are built equal. I am assuming there is a reason you chose the electric guitar over something like a piano, or saxophone. So it is about time you start using your guitar like a guitar!
This article is not meant to completely bash learning chords and scales (in fact, I have an entire course about scales on my website...). What I am trying to say is that sometimes it is important to have all your scales practiced and ready, and sometimes all you need is a good dive bomb.
If we can take anything away from the great players, Van Halen, Steve Vai, or Hendrix, it is that we mustn't shy away from the noise that comes from distortion. What we should do instead is see what kind of musical experience we can create out of these noises.
To take your playing to this next level, watch the following video in which I will teach you a few whammy bar tricks to always keep in your back pocket. I promise you will learn something you didn't know about before.
Did you catch the look on the student's face at the end of that video? That could be you! Now quick, see for yourself what noises you can get from that whammy bar.