Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jigs and Reels

I enjoy jigs and reels quite a bit, but I haven't learned to play very many of them. I've decided to take on the project of learning a bunch of them for both button and piano accordion. I'm looking forward to learning the tunes, but also, this exercise will sharpen up my playing because some of them are very fast.

Jigs and reels are called soft-shoe dances, but I don't know much about dancing, so don't ask me about that. Reels have a 4/4. Your basic jig is in 6/8 time, and slip jigs are in 9/8 time. I'll worry about slip jigs and also hornpipes later.

I've started with an Irish jig called Come Haste to the Wedding.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

9/8 time sounds tricky! Or I am misremembering musical timing?