Practising With A Swing Feel
In swing music the accents are shifted from beats 1 and 3 to beats 2 and 4. To accentuate the accents on beats 2 and 4 we can place the click of the metronome on these beats. This placement of the click on beats 2 and 4 presents a couple of key challenges. Firstly there is no click on beat 1 and this can be very disconcerting if you are not used to it. You may find you naturally hear the click as beat 1 and it will take a fair bit of practice to lock into the click representing beat 2 and 4 not 1 and 3. Secondly, there are half as many clicks per bar so your internal clock is tested as you will need to feel where beats one and three are internally, as they are not represented aurally. Some jazz guitar legends favour this a lot!