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swing plays swing rhythms in 12/8 meter on a jazz drum kit. The swing figure is the score:
Swing, or shuffle as it is sometimes called, is a syncopated rhythm. It is closely associated with jazz but it can be used with any genre.
There are numerous types of swing rhythm. All involve syncopation with a heavy accent on the backbeat. In a real sense, swing and syncopation are the same.
Swing rhythm is often, but not always, compound quadruple meter with a 12/8 time signature.
To do is to dance, to be is to swing, said some philosopher or other. Swing makes you really really want to get up and move, that is its purpose.