Irish music (Jig and Reel)

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Characteristics of Irish music

- There is a strong regular beat

- Simple harmonies

- Quite fast

- It wasn't written down, passed through generations

- Clear phrases

- Binary structure (AABB)

- Both dances are social and performance dances

- Modern Irish music combines folk rhythms with modern beats and both synthesizers.

- Live instruments are used

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Instruments used in Irish music

- Fiddle 

- Tin whistle

- Accordion

- Guitar

- Wooden flutes

- Villeann pipes

- Bodhran

- Spoons

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JIG

- 6/8, 6/9 time signature

- Lively and fast

- Soft shoe

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REEL

- Women soft shoe, men hard shoe

- Played at celebrations

- 4/4, 2/4, 2/2 time signature

- Accents on 1st and 3rd beats

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