Editing Swing Notation

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Editing Swing Notation

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A swing rhythm, when literally written out as two unequal members of a triplet, looks like this:


In a jazz or "big band" music style, swing rhythms are typically not written out using triplets, such as in the above example. Instead, to simplify the notation, the swing rhythm is notated as though the notes are evenly played, with equal durations. The above as-performed notes are usually notated like this:


You can prepare a "swing score" that will be heard with a triplet swing, but displayed with paired notes of equal durations.

If you are importing a MIDI file for a jazz or "big band" piece with a swing rhythm, then choose the "Swing Rhythm" transcription option. Musician will automatically notate the swing rhythms as illustrated in the above second example.