Watch the Long & Short Shuffles online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide
Now this new triplet figure using the 1st and 3rd notes of an 8th note triplet can be played different ways. Two common ways are to play the rhythm short or long. Playing them long is notated by the quarter note with an eighth note triplet. The more staccato or short interpretation is notated by an 8th note, then an 8th note rest, and followed by another 8th note. There is a distinct difference between the sound of these two triplet figures and different times in which they should be used. The music, and, or the musicians will determine that. As you play more blues your instincts will tell you which one is appropriate for the groove you are playing. In this exercise I alternate playing the rhythms so you can clearly hear the difference in the two approaches.