UD#11 Bo Diddley Ukulele Strum

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UD# 11: Bo Diddley Ukulele Strum
from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek
This week I want to take a look at the Bo Diddley Strum. Here are a couple of videos of Bo Diddley himself playing his famous locomotive-like rhythmic style. One video is from the 80s and one from early in his career:

 

Bo Diddley’s trademark rhythm has made it into a lot of pop songs over the years. Here are a couple:

1. Faith, George Micheal

(The song actually starts at the :55 mark)
2. I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow

 

Here is a recording of me playing a Bo Diddley rhythm on a D chord on the guitar:

 

Below you will find a video that gives you a step by step approach to picking up the strum by ear.  Here are the steps I follow:

1. Clap the Rhythm along with the recording.
2. Strum the basic feel on a piece of paper.
3. Strum the Basic Feel on paper while singing the Bo Diddley Rhythm.
4. Think the Rhythm while strumming the basic feel and let the rhythm come out in stresses on either the down stroke or the upstroke.
5. Do 2, 3, 4 with the X strum and then with a D chord.
6. Finally! Try to make the rhythm by muting and un-muting a D chord.

All for now!

See you next week.

Guido

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