April 2017

You Got Rhythm

Develop a better feel for the rhythmic concepts that make jazz sound the way it does.

The playlist below features all the music examples from our April 2017 feature on jazz rhythms, with the exception of Example 1, for which we decided not to provide audio because the printed notation is only a rough approximation of swing feel. (If you’d like to hear what swung eighth notes really sound like,  just scroll down a little further on this page.)

NotionappClick here to download Examples 1-7 for playback on the Notion app.

Still feeling a bit confused about what swing feel is and how to play with it? Then check out this short video on the subject. It’s presented by a guitarist, but what he’s talking about can be applied to any instrument.