Watch the Boom Chick online guitar lesson by Walter Broes from Rock, Billy, & Boogie Guidebook
This style of playing is all over hardcore honky tonk country, and it's one of the main influences on rockabilly. Listening to it, it can seem almost too easy to pay attention to, but try playing along to your favorite records in different spots on the fretboard and you'll see it’s not always as easy as it sounds.
Having this style of backup in your bag of tricks is almost essential, so practicing it in different positions, closed as well as open, is a good idea. From Hank Williams to Johnny Cash with all steps in between, it’s easy to find examples of this style of playing. Classic Nashville country records from the mid/late 50’s also feature this style an octave below the guitar, played on a Danelectro six string bass. The inventor of this style, often referred to as “tic tac bass,” is Harold Bradley, brother of famous studio owner/producer Owen Bradley. Listen to Faron Young’s “Hello Walls” or Elvis’ “Little Sister” for fat tic tac bass.