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  • SMiskoe

    SMiskoe May 26, 2006, 2:36 p.m. (Message 45390)

    Re: Reels and Hornpipes

    In a message dated 5/26/2006 6:59:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
    xxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx writes:
    Is there  a scientific method of identifying a Hornpipe?
    Not really.  There are lots of ways to decide a tune is a reel or a  
    hornpipe, listening to tunes is the best start.  
    Hornpipes often end with 3 even notes.  
    There are very few hornpipes written in a minor key.  
    Lots of hornpipes are written in Bb and F.    
    More hornpipes than reels cover a range of 2 octaves.
    In the B part of the tune there is often a similar chord structure. 
    To add to the confusion, the same tune is often found in different books  
    with slightly different timing notations.  For example, Cole's 1000 Fiddle  Tunes 
    has a great hornpipe section and the tunes are written in 2/4 meter.   Then, 
    Kerr's Caledonian Collection has the same tune written in 4/4 meter.  
    If the title says 'hornpipe' it probably is one.  We tend to  interchange 
    reels and hornpipes for dancing although at one time the hornpipes  were played 
    more slowly and with a dotted rhythm as they were for step  dancing.
    And for every one of the above statements, probably there is someone saying  
    'No, I have a different opinion.'
    Listen, listen, and if you have access to tune books, study them.
    Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

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