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  • Deni3ons of Swing Swing can refer to - The beat or feel, and the subdivision of the the beats. A style of jazz that developed in the early 1930s A style of dancing that developed with Swing music.
  • Swing Beat Marches were popular in the United States during late 1800s. Usually in 2/4 3me example John Phillip Sousas Semper Fidelis ? G7/ / G7/ / C/ / C / / G7 / / G7 / / C / / C / / G7 / / G7 / / C / / C/G7.B / G / / G / / D7 / / G7 / ??? Out of this tradi3on Rag*me developed in the late 1890s. Maple Leaf Rag Rag3me uses Syncopa*on
  • Swing Beat This syncopa3on led to the Ragging of melodies. Ragging freed up the beat and gradually an even four beat feel developed.
  • Swing Beat The subdivision of the beat became more relaxed, so that the fundamental subdivision of Semi quavers became closer to a triplets.
  • Swing Beat All popular music was eected by this development. For example the doaed crotchet!
  • Swing Beat Swing is one of the dening characteris3cs of Jazz. We therefore eec3vely have two rhythmic feels Straight beats are evenly divided Rag3me, La3n, La3n Jazz, Rock and Fusion Swing beats are un-evenly divided Swing, Be-Bop, Hard Bop, Tradi3onal or Main Stream
  • Swing - Style Swing also refers to the style of jazz that developed in the early 1930s Decline of the New Orleans style of jazz Emphasis on improvisa3on is s3ll important Repertoire is based on the Tin Pan Alley and Broadway Show tunes
  • Swing Style Larger ensembles - the rise of Big Bands. Tuba is superseded by the Double Bass and there is an even four being played (as opposed to the 2/4 feel or cut 3me feel that New Orleans was oeen based on.) Banjo is replaced by Rhythm guitar Basic pulse is played on the hi-hat rather than the snare drum. Again moving away from the March type concep3on of New Orleans music.
  • Swing - Style Harmonic rhythm increases, rather than chords las3ng for several bars, the chords would change every bar, oeen with two chords per bar. Although oeen the big bands were the popular ensembles of Swing, many musicians played in smaller ensembles, and preferred this. The combina3on of Big band ideas in a small group sehng gave rise to Jump, Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n Roll.
  • Swing Style During WWII there was a recording ban so Big band records were stock piled and released during the ban. Big Bands and singers were sent overseas to entertain American and Allied troops. For example Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Dorsey Brothers, etc. Hence the enduring popularity of Swing Jazz. Other important examples Duke Ellington, Count Basie,
  • Swing Dancing Music inextricably linked to singing, dancing and community in many cultures, including African. Therefore Dancing has always been an important part of popular music. The dances associated with Swing Jazz, like the music have endured, with names like The Cakewalk, The Charleston and Lindy Hop
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