Swing & Straight Feel Rhythms Explained

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


Swing Feel


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


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

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