Daniel Laberge

Rhythm exercise 3-2

The swing figure

   Featured figure
Name Symbol Duration
One quarter note,
one eighth note


2/3 of a beat,
1/3 of a beat  

 

Graphic
representation

 


This figure
compared
to the
master
figure

 

Usage
of the
swing
figure

The swing figure is encountered in two types of music:
Ternary music
Jazz music
In the case of ternary music, its use is normal, this figure being only one of eight rhythmic possibilities.
It is jazz that has some particularities. Its use of the swing figure comes from the binary. The two equal notes are modified to obtain a swinging effect.

 

Swing consists in lengthening the first note of a binary division.


Swing

Even if this operation is done in an uncontrolled manner, the note that used to be on the upbeat now finds itself on or close to the second third of a ternary division.

Binary becomes ternary

There remains some positioning liberty that depends on each individual and on the tempo of the piece.
The faster the tempo is, the less the swung note reaches the second third.

 

How
swing
works

 

 

How to
perform
this
figure

A: Start by doing this rhythm, using the syllable "Ta".

B: Remove the "T" from the second "Ta" of each beat.

C: Hold the first "Ta" of each beat.

 

Press the "Play" button on any of the three players below to hear this exercise performed:
•Slowly
At medium speed
•Fast

Audio
renditions


Stereo field

Stereo disposition

Tempo 80 bpm  
Tempo 110 bpm  
Tempo 140 bpm  

Count 1, 2, 3, 4, before you start


 

    FOLLOWING EXERCISE Right arrow
Choose another exercise

  Daniel Laberge

 

Music section menu
Rhythm explained - Including 27 rhythm exercises The web piano - Play it with your mouse Classical music accompaniments - For winds and string instruments Octophony - The first octophonic system IKO - The electronic trio The Perfect Now - Happy music MollyBelle and Dax, the dynamic duo Flute on a street corner - Music with scores Daniel Laberge's website