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July 2, 2011

Gettin’ Groovy, Part 2: The Bo Diddley Beat

Bo Diddley
It’s time to get groovy once again! In our last installment, I’m Bringing Groovy Back, we talked about the three essential elements to making your strumming as groovy-licious as possible. Those elements were:

    1. Follow JB’s Golden Rule of Strumming and never stop your hand.
    2. Tap your foot to the quarter note pulse of the song to fully connect with the rhythm.
    3. Keep a loose wrist, as if you were flicking water from your hand.

Let’s go ahead and put these elements to work by playing one of the all-time classic rhythms in rock music history: the Bo Diddley beat. (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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