The Country Boom-Chuck Rhythm

by Andrew DuBrock

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This pattern lifted from bluegrass boom-chuck rhythm alternates bass notes with strums, as shown in Example 2a. You can mix bass notes and strum patterns in many ways. Use them in the C–C/B–Am7–D7–G7 chord progression in Example 2b, and you’ve got a rhythm pattern similar to the Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon.” Or add a few walking bass lines, like Example 2c, and you start to sound more like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young on their classic “Teach Your Children.”

Excerpted from Acoustic Rock Essentials: Ten Great Rock Strumming Patterns

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