3 – How To Play Swing

“Swing” is the division of eighth notes into eighth triplets.

We write eighth notes, but we play them as triplets, i.e. the 1st eighth note becomes a quarter note of the triplet, the 2nd eighth note becomes the eighth note of the triplet.
It may sound a bit complicated, but it will be clear once you see this video.

We play jazz in swing (“triple feel”) and that also involves a certain bowing, paying attention to the slurs to add accents…

In short, you will learn it all in this lesson.