Just curious about other folks' views on ghost notes, and where you put or don't put them in music. Thinking mostly in the roots/Americana vein, hence the bluegrass forum. That's the term I've always heard for them anyway, I'm sure there are other words for it. You know, that little percussive pluck of a muted string just before the beat of the actual note. My experience has been something like, I started doing it unwittingly when I was cutting teeth and overdid it, playing them all the time. Had some folks tell me to back off at some point and just play the notes, too much rhythmic clutter. So I cut it out entirely. Then I threw it in on some country and bluegrass numbers just to see what the bandleader would say (various groups) and had them say "YES! That's the feel!" As if the ghost notes were what made the whole thing swing. So now I'm very aware of them and selective. At this point I put them in tunes mainly when: It's a duo, and the song swings Other instruments who were previously holding rhythm parts take a break (and the song swings..) Old school country with drummer, when drummer is just holding down a very basic part I don't put them in, or at least rarely, when: All the players in the group have very solid rhythm together Ballads, dark minor songs Anyone else is playing on that beat You?