Category Archives: Swing

Swing Line

The difficulty in swinging isn’t the emphasis of swing.  The bawdy way in which the 8th note turns into something lazy and Mark Twainish.  It’s the fact that not everybody plays the same bloody quarter note length.  You can put emphasis on any of the beats in a measure you want, but if they’re not the same duration, then what’s the point?  It’s like everybody is in their own world and that’s not really a huge deal as long as we can all agree on one thing: The Duration of the Quarter Note.  Then we can wander in to whatever realms we need to exist in.  I love swinging, but rhythm is key.  Keep it simple, keep it tight and we all arrive on the same shore together in the same boat.