Friday, January 15, 2010


I. General considerations

A. There isn't just one jazz rhythm.
B. Some rhythms will seem "unjazzlike" to some listeners. Who's to say?
C. Still, some say it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing.

II. Swing

A. Even quarter notes (walking bass)
B. Accents on 2 and 4 (high-hat click--compare contrast to backbeat in rock)
C. "Swung" 8th-notes / variations on the timing
D. Does it swing or not?
E. Swung 16ths in Hip Hop

III. Tempo

A. Medium tempo
B. Fast
C. Slow

IV. Straight 8ths.

A. Latin: the clave
B. Rock / fusion
C. Does jazz have to use swung 8ths to swing?

V. Listening test


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