Irish Jig and Reel

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  • Irish Jig and Reel
    • Instruments
      • Violin (fiddle)
      • Irish open-holed wooden flute
      • Tin whistle
      • Accordion
      • Guitar
      • Uilleann pipes
      • Percussion i.e. bodhran, spoons.
    • Characteristics
      • Strong regular beat.
        • Emphasis on first beat - easy to dance to.
      • Quite fast.
      • Clear phrases in question and answer pattern.
      • Simple harmonies.
      • Traditional Irish music wasn't written down.
    • Dances
      • Social dances - when everyone joins in.
        • Take place at celebrations i.e. fairs and weddings.
      • Performance dances - audience watch.
        • Either hard shoe or soft shoe dances.
      • REELS
        • 4/4 time (sometimes 2/4 or 2/2)
          • Accents on the first and third beats.
        • Tunes are often made up of straight quavers - quite quick.
        • Women - soft shoe dance. - leaps. Men - hard shoes.
      • JIGS
        • Lively and fast.
        • Often start on an anacrusis.
        • Single, double, light and heavy jigs are in 6/8.
        • Most jigs are soft shoe. (Except heavy jig).
        • Slip jigs are in 9/8. - Graceful with hops and skips.
      • HORNPIPES
        • 4/4 time.
        • Often have dotted rhythms.
        • A bit slower than a reel.
        • Hard shoe dance.

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