501 – [Daniel Glass Show]: Why EVERY Drummer Needs To Learn How To Swing

In this podcast, Daniel takes a closer look at what it means to “Swing.” He explores the evolution of this term, shares some practical exercises to help you swing better, and explains why the ability to swing can make any drummer more employable.

What’s covered in this session:

  • The origin of the term “swing,” and how it can be found in every style of American music from Ragtime through Hip Hop.
  • The difficulties involved in trying to give feels based in swing (like jazz, blues shuffles, “one-drop” reggae or hip hop) the right kind of effortless bounce.
  • An explanation of the “American Pulse,” a combination of European-American and African-American approaches to rhythm, and how it creates forward momentum while remaining laid back.
  • How rock drummers from John Bonham and Ringo Starr to Steve Smith have emulated the American Pulse, and how all demonstrate elements of swing in their overall feel and soloing style.
  • Daniel shares examples of his students from the worlds of rock, heavy metal and punk who benefited significantly from learning more about swing.

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2 replies
  1. Chuck Pierpont
    Chuck Pierpont says:

    More great info. Daniel. Wish I had someone with your knowledge around when I was learning how to do all this stuff some 50 years ago.
    One thing I have always noticed on so, so many recordings is hearing what the right hand is doing. It seems as though the kk and snare are prominent but, often the ride pattern is lost.

    • Daniel Glass
      Daniel Glass says:

      Thanks Chuck! The more you listen to the older recordings, the more you can pick up. Use headphones and try to look for remastered versions of that stuff. The clarity is much better and after awhile your ears can pick out specific sounds/patterns that maybe they couldn’t before. Remember, the greats of 1950s grew up with, listened to and played along with recordings of the 1930s and they turned out just fine. It’s about re-tuning our modern ears.

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