Swing or Groove ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Jazz Ad, Sep 5, 2002.

  1. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    What difference do you make between these 2 ?
    They express the same feeling or so.

    My feeling is that you talk about groove for binary music and swing for ternary music, but I'm not sure.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification

    In a certain context. Just because the 8ths are even, doesn't mean it can't swing.
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well they are very "loose" terms - I think I know what is meant by both, but this may be different for others.

    Swing - in particular can be used to define Jazz music just before Bebop or a certain style of "Big Band" music - but some people reject this classification.
  4. Swing grooves, groove swings.
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I think in this context, the "Swing" that's referred to is a feeling or a way things are played. I would agree that swing=groove, groove=swing.
  6. I'd say that swing is a particular kind of groove (jazz, bebop). But there are many kinds of grooves (funk, rock, etc.)

    To try to logically explain it, all swings are grooves, but not all grooves are swings.
  7. punkfunkfreak


    Dec 16, 2001
    i dont really care.

    it feels good ;)