Swing Guitar

Dedicated to pre-bebop jazz guitar.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Rhythm playing position.

To get things going here's something I posted to the All About Jazz board:

To play Freddie Green style properly, try strumming like the old rhythm guitar players. If you watch any old clips (another trick I learned from dancing...) the rhythm guys played back and forth: Chunk 1 and 3 over the neck pickup and 2 and 4 more toward the bridge and snap your wrist slightly. All four beats should be stacato, with a slight accent on 2 and 4. It should NOT sound like, "boom-chick-boom-chick" unless your playing 20's or early 30's hot jazz. Swing should sound like "chunk-chunk-chunk-chunk".

Also, the beat should push slightly, and never be behind the beat. That's straight ahead jazz - not swing.

Give a listen:
2 beat: 20's-early 30's
4 beat: late 30's-40's


  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger Blue Morris said…

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  • At 4:24 PM, Blogger Blue Morris said…

    That's cool. My post on All About Jazz served as the inspiration for your first blog post. Anyway, thanks for the answer and the MP3 samples. I'm definitely bookmarking this page. Keep blogging here.



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