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Watch the Blues Forever: Rhythm Embellishments online guitar lesson by John Goldsby from Upright Bass Handbook

Now let's play the 12-bar blues with rhythmic embellishments at a faster tempo. The most important thing to consider about rhythmic embellishments is that they shouldn't interrupt the flow of the bassline. They should always enhance the groove. Make sure that when you play a drop or a dead note, the embellishment is precisely in time, and not louder than the rest of the line. The embellishment is exactly that: a little rhythmic comment that adds something to your bassline.

Disclaimer! In Bar 5, I used my right-hand index finger to play the triplet drop! I mentioned in the lesson on this technique that I usually play the first note of the triplet with my righthand index finger, and the following notes (down the arpeggio) with the middle finger. In the heat of the musical moment, I chose in this instance to use my right-hand index finger for all of the notes in the arpeggio drop.