James Roberts said:
>I have a question. I don't play any Celtic music (yet), but I
>listen to it a lot. My question is, What's the difference
>between a Jig, Reel, Double Jig, Hornpipe, slip jig,
>strathspey (sp?), and any others I may have forgotten? Okay,
>okay, I know this is a basic question, but having listened to
>Celtic music for a couple of years, I'm still
>(relativly) new to it.
There are several types of jigs: 1) A single jig is in 6/8 time; not every
eighth note is played. The usual pattern is for a quarter note followed
by an eighth note with the main accent on the first beat and a less distinct
accent on the fourth beat. A good dance tempo is for a dotted quarter note
to be played at 120 beats per minute. However, we usually play much faster
once we get going ;). 2) A double jig is also in 6/8 time, but each eighth
note is played. The notes above about accent and tempo for a single jig
also apply here. 3) A slip jig is played in 9/8 time. The rhythm combines
elements of a single jig with a double jig. For example, one measure may
have a quarter note followed by 7 eighth notes and another measure may have
six eighth notes followed by a quarter note and then another eighth note.
Accent for a slip jig can be: ONE two three, four five six, SEVEN eight
nine (less of an emphasis on the seventh beat).
Reels are fast tunes played in 2/4 or 4/4 time. They are FULL of eighth
notes usually accented as: ONE-and-two-and THREE-and-four-and. Tempo for a
reel starts at around 1/2 note = 92 and ends as fast as your fingers can
Hornpipes have four beats per measure. The distinctive lilt of a hornpipe
comes from the dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note or a dotted
quarter followed by an eighth note. Emphasis is on the first and third beat
of a measure. Tempo is slower than a reel, but not too slow or it drags.
I've never played a strathspey, so I can't do much with that one. I think
it is a Scottish dance form. Maybe someone else can address that part of
Hope this helps a bit.
Andi Wolfe ([log in to unmask])