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Old 02-05-2010, 03:55 PM
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Default The Bo Diddley beat

OK so everyone knows that Bo Diddley didn't invent this beat. From what I gather, it's origins are in the mother country, Africa, but would like more information about this staple rhythm. Can I glean pearls of wisdom from the collective amalgamation of knowledge from the great minds who frequent this fine forum?

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It seems to be based of the accent pattern of a 3-2 Son Clave.

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Old 02-05-2010, 04:16 PM
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Right Jeff, but where did the son clave come from precisely?

Bo Diddley wasn't even a drummer! (I think) No fair!

As an aside, supposedly the was an "instrument" called a Diddley Bow....2 nails nailed to the side of the house, with a piece of (baling?) wire stretched between, played with a pick and a slide, if my info is correct.
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Right Jeff, but where did the son clave come from precisely?
Now that's a tough question. I can tell you that almost every culture has that 3 side of the clave in its music somewhere. Look at the Baio (sp?) of Brazil and the Calypso and Soca of Trinidad.

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Old 02-05-2010, 04:29 PM
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Look at the Baio (sp?) of Brazil and the Calypso and Soca of Trinidad.

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Stupid question, but what exactly is the Bo Diddley beat?
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:12 PM
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Stupid question, but what exactly is the Bo Diddley beat?

No such thing as a stupid question...just stupid people. :-)
As mentioned, it's an accented 3-2 clave pattern. You'll probably recognize it when you hear it. It's been used in many popular songs: Buddy Holly-Not Fade Away; U2-Pride; I Want Candy-Bow Wow Wow, etc.
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Stupid question, but what exactly is the Bo Diddley beat?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3-rf4EgAm8&feature=fvw

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Stupid question, but what exactly is the Bo Diddley beat?
Jeff Porcaro talks about it briefly in this video while explaining his groove for Rosanna. If you listen to the Bo Diddley tune "Who do you Love." you'll get the gist of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwFdExvCxM4
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some Bo here:

http://www.drummerworld.com/Drumclin...ndporcaro.html

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Shave-and-a-haircut, two bits. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Thanks for the enlightening answers. Most of them anyways. Still have no idea what Drumtechdad means.
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Still have no idea what Drumtechdad means.
This is a common way for kids to phonically sound out the rhythm.

Watermelon-watermelon works for 16th notes.
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This is a common way for kids to phonically sound out the rhythm.

Watermelon-watermelon works for 16th notes.
It doesn't really seem to translate to written words well, does it?
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http://www.drumsdatabase.com/bodiddley.htm
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That was the most helpful. :)
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Great Topic
I'm sure from Africa to New Orleans with a touch of European Classical.Denis
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Thanks for the link, Monica.

awesometastic, have you ever seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIBK7UxRTqE ... at about 6 minutes in to this section you see an example of "shave and a haircut"
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Thanks for the enlightening answers. Most of them anyways. Still have no idea what Drumtechdad means.
Kids these days........
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