Watch the Boom Chick & Backbeat online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Rhythm
The boom chick. This type of strumming creates the illusion of a bass and guitar. It also helps focus a lot strength to beats two and four. This was a major feel change from Appalachian and polka music who accent is on beats one and three. This strum pattern really driver the backbeat home. There are number of variations to the boom chick. First we'll learn it strumming full chords. By only strumming two strings on the back beat we get a cleaner tighter sound that leaves more space. Chet Atkins adopted this approach for his thumbpick rhythm. By tightening up the rhythm in further we can get more of a Luther Perkins type of rhythm. Now if we add a double stroke on the backbeat we get a boom chick-a. Last we will just play the chick. This is the backbeat. Great to play if there is already another guitarist playing rhythm and fills.