Watch the The Swing Rhythm online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Guitar

The first rhythm I teach you is the Swing rhythm. This rhythm, invented by Freddy Green of the Count Basie Band, is a very important rhythm that has been used extensively by such pioneers as Freddie Green, Charlie Christian, Django Reihnhardt and Les Paul, not too mention all the jazz guitarists that followed. In this demonstration I play the G Major 7th chord on every beat. Begin by observing what I am doing and internalizing the sound. Notice that the strumming alternates between long and short and that I lift my fingers off the strings on the 2nd and 4th beat to give it that Swing feel.