> Steven E Gardner said
> >I love jigs and reels (although I admit I don't know the difference
> between the two!).
> One of the old flute players here in Manchester had an interesting
> way of describing the difference in rhythm between jigs and reels by
> using the names of British football (soccer) teams.
> A jig goes "Liverpool, Everton, Liverpool, Everton"
> and a reel goes "Glasgow Celtic, Glasgow Rangers. Glasgow Celtic,
> Glasgow Rangers."
> Unfortunately, he claims too many people sound like they're playing
> to the rhythm "Accrington Stanley, Preston North End. Accrington
> Stanley, Preston North End."
> Pat O'Reilly
Describing jigs and reels by phoenetics/syllables .. tough, maybe
not even worth the try..
I'd say listen to recordings .. trad recording tracks/sets usually,
but unfortunately not always, include the type of tune (jig/reel/air
hornpipe/polka etc.) .. IMHO, jigs are pretty methodical .. reels
are pretty wild and a bit various (from my bodhran playing view..)
By the way .. a while I mentioned having a bodhran at work and
someone poked/joked about why?.. last week the office flooded
and my bodhran got soaked!..
Seamus Keleher .. drying out