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How to Play Boom-Chick Rhythm in Country Guitar

Learn how to play boom-chick rhythm in country guitar from musician Boo Reiners in this Howcast video.


All right in country music we like to use different techniques for driving a set of chords, the song what have you. There's a term that gets thrown around a lot.

The boom chick or boom chicka rhythm. And it's really I'm just picking the root note on a bass string and I'm strumming. And then I hit the fifth degree of the chord and strum. After that all down strokes. And I can do it on all kinds of different chord fingerings. That's a C chord, I've got a G chord here. Got the root on the sixth string. G and them I'm going to hit the fifth degree, the D, on the fourth string. Hence the name, boom chick boom chick boom chick.

I've got it on the D chord really easily. And you might see somebody on the piano they could do the same thing. Playing a bass note with the left hand and then playing a triad with their right hand. That's kind of a real common way to flesh out a chord sequence or tune.

So that's about as simple as you can do it. Mix up the root fifth sequence by repeating some of the roots. But you still get that same rhythmic effect and it can be really effective in moving your tune forward with a nice momentum.

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