BRUCE WELCH RHYTHM STYLE: CHA-CHA IN­FLU­ENCE

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The shadows drew their rhyth­mic in­flu­ences not just from rock and roll, but also from the dance mu­sic of the day. Latin mu­sic was hugely pop­u­lar dur­ing the late 50s and early 60s. This ex­am­ple il­lus­trates Bruce’s cha-cha style of ac­com­pa­ni­ment that was used on sev­eral shadows songs. No­tice that in­stead of main­tain­ing th2e 16th-note pick­ing pat­tern, he re­verts to eighth note al­ter­nate pick­ing on the sec­ond beat. This im­proves the de­liv­ery and groove of the eighth-note rhythms.

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