Developing a Jazz Swing – Weds 28th Sep ’16

During a instrumental technique lesson with Andy, we began discussing swing. As a drummer whose roots come from rock, punk and other very straight genres I have always had a fascination with the swung, almost lazy feel that jazz and its subgenres carry.

Developing the basic swing pattern on he right hand was done as follows:

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  1. The accent of a swing is on beats 2 and 4, as opposed to a straight groove where the emphasis is placed on beats 1 and 3, with the backbeat on the snare landing on 2 and 4. So to start with we counted 4, and (using molar technique) whipped down on 2 and 4. This was accompanied by the high-hat on 2 and 4. Heel on 1 and 3, rocking forward to play on 2 and 4.
  2. Continuing from first part of the exercise we added by pulling out on beats 1 and 3. This resulted in a ghosted beat on beats 1 and 3 with the whip coming down on 2 and 4.
  3. Another addition to the secondary pattern, adding a second hit in between the whip and the pull. By playing the whole part open handed it gave a smooth and easy swing. The first half of of the double uses rebound with the second part of the double being the pull.

Here is a video where I demonstrate the 3 parts of this exercise:

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