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Watch the Basic Jazz Beat online guitar lesson by Danny Gottlieb from Master Class Drum Lessons

The focus of this clip is on playing an authentic swing beat. "Sing" the swing feel like a horn player. A great suggestion is to study jazz singers, like Sarah Vaughan. By working on playing simple quarter notes, you can start to get a consistent feel. Then fell the triplet on each beat. Then, add the swing rhythm. You can accent on the two and four, or the quarter notes. The main thing is to have a consistent pulse, a great, wide, rounded beat.

Major Points:
1. Swing feel focus is on the ride cymbal
2. Triplet subdivision should be consistent
3. Cymbal, bass drum, hi hat, and snare comping rhythms work together to create great swing feel
4. Ride cymbal should match bass player's time feel

Study Tips:
1. Learn how to sing swing rhythms
2. Work on quarter note pulse with single strokes
3. Add swing beat to quarter note pulse
4. Work on "Dancing" feel
5. Add bass drum on all four beats, lightly
6. Work on comping exercises
7. Listen to the great jazz masters, and compare time feels from different drummers, eras, recordings