> |> In response to Dan Mozell's request re: Scottish snap in Strathspeys:
> |> In bagpipe scores, strathspeys are written in common time, with each beat
> |> being primarily two tied eighth notes, the first dotted and the second cut
> |> or vice-versa, depending on the accent desired. As our accenting often follo
> I have been wondering this myself. was Dan referring to the cuts vs.
> the dotted? I have heard Johnny Cunningham play the same strathspey
> twice, and vary the places where these cuts are played against the
> dotted notes.
> I guess my question is "how do you decide when to play it either way"?
> Is there a tasteful limit to the interpretation of these pattens, or
> is it purely up to the performer?
In the Cape Breton tradition, strathspeys on the fiddle seem to have a
fairly standard placement for the cuts. There are some variations, but
within fairly strict limits.
A similar rhythmic device can be applied to some hornpipes, so that
the distinction is not always easy to tell...
There is also a tradition of playing some tunes through first as a
strathspey and then as a reel, with the same melody but a different
By the way, is there a similar listserver for music in the Scots tradition?
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