From the recording Every Groove A Bluesman Needs To Know
Bo Diddley Beat in E
What an exciting and fun beat this is. It is essential for a drummer to learn, requiring a controlled beat on the floor tom or tom tom. I'm not sure what came first, this type of sound or a Second Line beat out of Notesew Orleans, but one can find some similarities in the feel, especially the bass drum. If you study different beats you could find some of this timing comes out of Bassa Nova too. Anyway you look at it, the body loves this beat and it tends to get people moving. Bo Diddley is well known for this sound. It can be used as a one-chord groove, or with I, IV, V (1,4,5) changes like we've done here for a more blues effect. A Song ”Hand Jive” is classic Bo Diddley beat.