9/8 vs 6/8

SMiskoe

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This is only my personal experience/opinion as to why STW gets played in 6/8
so often. I know hundreds of jigs and easily play a bunch off the top of my
head. I don't know many 9/8 tunes, in part because I'm seldom asked to play
them. The SCD dancers don't like doing a running step which is easier to do
to 9/8 than a skip change. So between the dancers wanting something they
can do skip change to and my smaller repertoire of 9/8 it's easiest just to
play another 6/8 tune. We can play them as fast or slow as the dancers wish.
Don't blame us if the music is too fast if you haven't requested a slower
tempo.
Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA
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