This figure also dates from the Middle Ages.
Its configuration, one very long followed by one short, makes it a very grounded figure.
This figure is often mistaken for the swing figure, and vice versa.
This is because their proportions are similar.
The difference between the position of the second note of these figures is only 8.33%.
But this small distance is clearly audible and efforts must be made not to confuse them.
They are easy to distinguish since the swing figure is only met in ternary music. In the same manner, the figure "one dotted eighth note followed by one sixteenth note" only exist in binary pieces.
A: Start by doing this rhythm, using the syllable "Ta".
B: Transform the second and third "Ta" into a "Tu".
C: Eliminate the "Tu".
One lo-o-ong, one short
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