BRUCE WELCH RHYTHM STYLE: PALM MUT­ING ON ELEC­TRIC

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Bruce didn’t al­ways stick to acous­tic in the stu­dio, as some songs called for a more di­rect elec­tric sound, as in this ex­am­ple. No­tice how the main riff in the re­peated open­ing bars utilises triplet rhythms, ‘root and 5th’ basslines, and palm mut­ing to cre­ate a very slick, hyp­notic rhythm pat­tern. Many of The shadows’ songs con­tained quite un­usual chord pro­gres­sions; in this ex­am­ple only the chords C, F and G are di­a­tonic to the key of C ma­jor.

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