BRUCE WELCH RHYTHM STYLE: BUDDY HOLLY INFLUENCE
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This is an example of Bruce’s playing in the early days of The shadows, when those Buddy Holly influences can be clearly heard. Notice the use of open strings at the end of each bar, facilitating a smooth change without disrupting the groove. Much of The shadows’ material was based on basic major and minor triads, the A7 is used here only to create the temporary modulation to D major in bar 5.