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Music Term: Swing

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Swing


Definition and background:

American style of jazz music originating in the 1930's. Swing was characterized by " big band " instrumentation, a greater emphasis on solo passages, and a 4/4 tempo with an almost even emphasis on each beat of the measure. The rhythmic style of most jazz. In swing music, the division of the beats is uneven and there is considerable stress on the notes between beats. The feeling of swing music is compound, but it is usually written in simple.

In drumming it refers to the swing cymbal rhythm or what the old masters would call "spang-a-lang". This rhythm and variations of it is the driving force behind swing (jazz) music.

The rhythmic style of most jazz. In swing music, the division of the beats is uneven and there is considerable stress on the notes between beats. The feeling of swing music is compound, but it is usually written in simple


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