Watch the Triplet Rhythm online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Blues Bass Survival Guide
At the heart of the blues shuffle groove is the triplet rhythm. Basically this rhythm is created by taking one beat and dividing it into three equal parts. Or another definition used is playing three notes in the same time span as two notes, in other words, taking two eighth notes and instead, playing three 8th notes in that same time span. Whichever definition helps you the best, but the bottom line is to be able to feel the triplet. If we have a groove that has a pulse 1, 2, 3, 4 then the triplets are counted tri-pl-et, tri-pl-let, tri-pl-let, or you can use any 3 syllable word or phrase, like my name, An-drew-Ford. Let's play this triplet rhythm over the basic blues form in the key of E.