Watch the The Way You Mess Around online guitar lesson by Andrew Ford from Motown Bass Survival Guide

Ghost notes are used often in Motown style playing. Here we illustrate the use of non-diatonic ghost notes, using muted notes that are not in the key, scale, or chord we are playing. In bar two, we use an open E while playing an Ebm7 chord, normally unheard of, but as a ghost note it's very effective.