Learn the Bo Diddley Beat

In this edition of Strummin’ with Steve we take a look at the “Bo Diddley Beat.” Steve investigates this quintessential rhythm pattern and demonstrates how it can be used on the acoustic guitar. This rhythm pattern sounds amazing in and of itself, however be sure to try it out with other chords and progressions that you already know. This lesson is brought to you courtesy of JamPlay.com.

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2 Replies to “Learn the Bo Diddley Beat”

  1. It sounds really cool if you mute the strings and strum on the up stroke to get some percussion sound in there. In other words, play the upstroke with your pick instead of skipping the strings and use your left hand to prevent the strings from ringing out to make more of a “chuck” sound. Sounds sort of funky.

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