From: CTRVAX::WOLFEAD 12-JUN-1994 15:11:51.45
To: IN%"[log in to unmask]"
Subj: RE: Single jigs.
From Mick McQuaid:
>Someone just posted a lengthy, authoritative, but (I think)
>completely bogus explanation of single jigs, double jigs, etc.
>The only single jigs I've ever heard are written out in 12/8
>time, not 6/8 time. I'm curious as to what books you've seen
>with single jigs in 6/8 time.
I decided to dig through some music books for the definition of a jig:
Wesley Schaum _Schaum Dictionary of Musical Terms_ "Jig: lively country
dance usually in 3/4 or 6/8 meter."
David Brody _The Fidder's Fake Book_ "Jig: Any of the tune is 6/8 or 9/8
used for the dance of the same name. Single jig: A jig in 6/8 in which
each eighth-note is not voiced. Double jig: A jig in 6/8 in which each
eighth-note is voiced. Slip jig: A variety of a jig in 9/8."
Sylvia Woods _Irish Dance Tunes for all Harps_ "A jig is a tune in 6/8
time. A slip-jig is in 9/8 time, like one-and-a-half jigs."
Sara Lee Johnson _The Kitchen Musician's Occasional #9: Jig_ "For those
who aren't quite sure what a jig is, most jigs have six beats in a
measure... Single jigs have a 'skipping' quality, with the basic form having
four notes in each six beat measure. The basic double jig form has six
notes in a measure."
In Krassen's _O'Neill's Music of Ireland_ the jigs are not differentiated
between single and double jigs, but they are all in 6/8 time.
The only music I've seen in 12/8 time was designated as a slide. E.g., Bank
of Turf in _Playing the Hammered Dulcimer in the Irish Tradition_ by Karen