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Swing refers to a particular lilting rhythmic style that is based on a triplet subdivision of the beat.

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How to describe occasional non-swing eighth notes using swing notation?

Suppose I have a melody using triplets, which has a swing feel: To simplify the notation, I want to use eighth notes, and mark "Swing feel" somewhere on the sheet: This is all good, but what if I ...
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Swing feel - are triplets and 8th note notations rhythmically the same?

I'm going through some exercises in a blues piano book[*]. I've noticed that some rhythms are written with triplets (with an 8th note (quaver) rest in the middle), and others are written using 8th ...
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What is forward momentum?

I've heard the words "forward momentum" in different context referred to music but I couldn't find any definition for it (and it might very well be that it is used with different meaning in different ...
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What is the correct way to realize this ambiguous swing notation?

I'm practicing a choral accompaniment on the piano, and it indicates swung 8ths. However, in some places the rhythm is notated as 3 eighth-note triplets, and in others, it uses 16th-16th-8th. ...
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Swing rhythm vs straight rhythm

I am a beginner tap dancer and learning music. I don't understand the difference between swing rhythm and straight rhythm. Can someone elaborate the difference?
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