I'm currently trying to write out a song I made in another program. I used a swing like at the bottom of the picture, but I can't seem to find a way to write it down consisely. This is the best way I can think of, but is there a better way? No description

  • normally on notator programs you can set the notation and give in the humanizer, random or setting the .swing in %. Are you asking for playback or for reading a sheet? Apr 4, 2019 at 8:10

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Write it out normally, and at the top say 'swing' and/or crotchet=2 tied triplet quavers and a single quaver. But in dots! enter image description here

  • Most swing music is notated like Tim explains. An other way is to write in 12/8 or 6/8 time. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:15
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    @AlbrechtHügli - 12/8 works far better than 6/8.
    – Tim
    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:21
  • Just to make sure I completely understand, do you mean like this? i.imgur.com/6lbwrbL.png
    – user58883
    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:37
  • That's the way to do it!
    – Tim
    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:58
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    12/8 is OK for slower tempos where swing more nearly fits a triplet timebase, i.e. the first note of each pair is close to twice the duration of the second. But at faster tempos the durations become (much) closer. At very fast tempos the durations are almost the same and the swing feel relies on the articulation. To me that's a powerful argument for this answer. Another argument is that is much easier to read.
    – Ian Goldby
    Apr 4, 2019 at 16:34

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