Swing & Straight Feel Rhythms Explained

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These are the two different rhythm feels. To understand them it helps to know a little about note values. Before we get started on trying to understand the two different types of feels, just listen to these two examples first.

Straight Feel

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Swing Feel

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When listening to them it's obvious there's a difference, so now you have to understand what is happening musically.

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To remember how a swing feel sounds, just think of a horse galloping.