• Okay, I am not sure if this was then answer you were looking for but check ouy this I have posted a little bit of the article for you below. (O: The biggie about what makes swing music swing, is that the musicians play each note with its own degree of emphasis, and its own careful timing. Many notes are played longer, shorter, quieter, louder, earlier, or later than the dots on the page would suggest. Every note therefore has its individual degree of importance, and there is something for the dancer to work with - to interpret. Another thing one notices about swing, is that it has a friendly sociable feel to it. It is difficult to feel low or lonely while listening to swing. It is not a harsh, resentful or aggressive music, as much modern stuff is, but instead is the perfect music to get people of all types to come together and dance.
  • The other answer that was posted is already great I think, but....Swing music "swings" because something in the music just makes you want to DANCE!!
  • What makes swing music swing, are triple notes and late hits. When you read in swing you see (/)and and upside down "u". That gives you the rythm. Like Te Da Te Da. Like it is Short Long Short Long. Swing music takes these rythms and makes different patterns with them. Giving it a humanizing effect.
  • In most music, a beat is divided evenly into equal parts whether it is two equal sized eighth notes, or into triplet eighth notes, four sixteenth notes, etc. In swing, though, the first part of the beat is held longer. In other words, the first eighth note of a beat lasts longer than the second eighth note. While the exact ration can vary, the first eighth note is held for about twice as long as the second, or about the length of two triple eighth notes. Another thing that helps things swing is that there is a lot of syncopation, that is to say, notes tend to be more accented on the "and" of the beat (as in 1 AND 2 AND, etc.) or on the off beat (beats two and four of the measure) than on the beat and whole music lines often start on the "and" of the beat. Furthermore, notes tend to be played very smoothly within a line, instead of being broken up by too much articulation. One common form of articulation is to articulate the note on the off beat and then slur to the down beat note and continue with this pattern through the line. This further enhances the feeling of syncopation. Another way syncopation is enhanced is that not only are the down beat notes often less accented in a line of eighth notes, but also some notes are made especially quiet or "ghosted" so that the next beat really sounds accented. This is common in the second to the last note of an eighth note line.
  • the rhythm section
  • That jump n' jiving feeling!

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