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  • Alan Paterson

    Alan Paterson May 26, 2006, 12:05 p.m. (Message 45385)

    Reels and Hornpipes

    In the process of reexamining my music collection I am coming across 
    tracks which I have noted as being Reels whereas something in me is 
    trying to tell me - Hornpipe.
    
    Is there a scientific method of identifying a Hornpipe?
    
    My layman's opinion is that it has to do with the last of the 8 bars (or 
    sometimes the 4th one) where, of the 4 beats of the 4/4 rhythm, the 
    first two are crotchets and the third a minim (or crotchet then rest) 
    with the second and third being the same note.
    
    Help?
    
    Alan (who's instruction in the theory of music ended some 35 years ago)
          

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