Regular musical notation is
not designed to express the rhythmic energy of Jazz: in
Jazz, notes played on the
half-beat (the second half of each beat)
are delayed, giving an irregular beat.
Of course, it is possible to write it using the
regular notation, but this leads to complex
In Jazz scores, the notation is simplified
by writing equal notes on the beats and half-beats, although
are played irregularly.
So when, in a Jazz score, you see two eighth notes
beginning on a beat:
These two notes can be played as:
(depending on the swing level).
It is possible to use this kind of notation within
To do this, first select the section to which
you want a "swing" to be applied, using the lasso tool.
Thus, you can select
the part of the score (or of the staff) you want this effect to be
Then select "Edit>Quantize>Humanize/Swing".
In the window, you can then select a numerical value for the swing, or
select it with predefined icons.
In this window, you can also choose the
imprecision in playing the music,
explained in the following chapter: humanizing.
The"Swing" tool finds all notes beginning on the
second half of a beat (second eighth note of each group of two) that
within the selection range. It then applies a delay to these
on the swing value you asked for.
The delay for all other
notes is set to zero.
does this Swing tool work?
The numerical value in the Swing window is the delay
given as a percentage of an eighth note's duration.
I calculate a numerical Swing value?
Thus, if you set a value of 50,
a delay of 50% of an eighth (i.e. a sixteenth) note is applied
to all notes beginning on second half-beats.
For example, if you process two successive eighth
the first note's duration will be increased by
a sixteenth (making it played as a dotted eighth note), and the
one will be reduced by a sixteenth (making it play as a
These two notes are still displayed as two eighth
notes, but they are played as if you had written:
Apply a swing value of 0, or use the "Mechanize"
I cancel the swing effect?