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1. Reels - A We first examine the rhythmic pattern for tunes in common or duple meter and we start with Reels. Here is the first suggested playing and accenting pattern: WA-ter-me-lon 
2. Reels - B Using the same chord shapes, we'll examine three different ways to play in the 4/4 time signature for Reels, still using the WA-ter-me-lon accent on the first beat. 
3. Reels - C In this third look at Reel rhythm, we'll utilize another vocable: "mashed po-TA-toes" to accent the backbeat, using the three different hammering patterns we've already tried. Steve also emphasizes the importance of phrasing when playing an instrument that doesn't require breath to produce the sound. 
4. Jigs - A Now we turn our attention to Jigs, which are in a compound meter, meaning they all break down into sets of 3 beats. CHO-co-late, CO-co-nut, STRAW-ber-ry are all vocables that can help us keep the accents straight. Using the familiar chord pattern and alternating hammers keeps the timing steady. 
5. Jigs - B We'll look at both right and left-hand patterns to learn which notes to play in the Jig time. 
6. Jigs - C In this lesson we explore WHEN to play when accompanying jigs. 
7. Slip Jigs - A Slip Jigs are in 9/8 time (compound meter) and are fun because they keep pulling you forward further into the tune. In this lesson we look at how they keep you changing which hand starts the pattern! 
8. Slip Jigs - B Here we look at different chord shapes that can be used in order to alternate the starting hand to fit in the 9/8 meter of slip jigs. We'll also practice pulsing on the 1, 4, & 7th beats as an effective back-up technique. 
9. Hornpipes - A Now we turn our attention to Hornpipes, noting that they don't necessarily look on the page like they sound in the air.  
10. Hornpipes - B Now that we know WHAT to play, we'll focus on WHEN and WHERE to play to back-up the steady pulse of the long--shorth rhythm of Hornpipes.
11. Strathspeys Scottish Strathspeys are regal in tempo and delightful with fresh melodic and rhythmic twists. They make free use of the Scottish "Snap" and often contain hornpipe-like rhythms as well as triplets and straight rhythms, too.

Another Jig Will DoPDFSupplemental Materials

Playing Celtic Rhythms

You can continue lessons on Celtic music with Steve's CD called "Another Jig Will Do". This is a 74 page. Book and Demo CD with songs and tunes from Ireland, England and Scotland arranged for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers by Steve Eulberg. DAA, DAd tunings, use of Capo. Airs, Ballads, Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hornpipes, Slides, Strathspeys, Reels and Waltzes.

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