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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.
An important feature of swing music is the performance practice of the eighth note rhythms. In swing music, two eighth notes will normally be performed more like a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note. This is the rhythm pattern that is the basis for the swing feel. In slower tempos, there is more of a triplet feel in 4/4 meter (common time), with the first triplet note held slightly longer and the middle triplet note omitted.


Last Updated: 2016-06-19 18:34:02