"How do I play/teach swing rhythm?" The perennial question from non-swingers. The exercise below may be helpful. The video illustrates the concepts.
2. Decades ago, Julliard jazz teacher John Mehegan recommended a similar approach, though he started on the downbeat. This is how I started back in the 1970s.
3. There are other variations of the scale exercise that can be explored.
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Have a swingin’ week enjoying the Scott Hamilton concert, he swings in this manner.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
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