Jazz Swing

SWING JAZZ DRUMS-sjdclh

You will often see swing drum patterns written like these two examples.

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But the way it sounds you will need to play triplet rolled eighths to give it a swing or bounce feel as below.

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Be Aware: Most drummers playing swing for the first time will emphasise beats 1 & 3 as below. You don’t want this.

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Instead be sure to emphasise beats 2 & 4 with the HiHat and also by putting a bit of an accent on these beats on the ride cymbal as well as below. This will give it a swinging feel.

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EXERCISES

 

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Syncopation book by T. R.

 

 

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A couple of quick tips:

  1. Take it SLOW!
  2. Work each measure by itself, then try to chain them together
  3. Focus on the ride cymbal, let it be the center of the time, not the snare and kick.

 

 

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SNARE SHOTS – these can be played on the snare or bass drum. Swing Ride with HH Foot

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Now try these exercises with the swing pattern on the cymbal with the snare and bass drum hits.

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