Eike Albert-Unt May 26, 2006, 4:11 p.m. (Message 45397)
RE: Reels and Hornpipes
When I some time ago was trying to find out what hornpipe was then I copied this explanation to one of my files about music - maybe it is of some help. Not that I understand any of it, mind you :-) PS! I wish I had written down where I found this description. With best regards, Eike (I cannot send the file with pictures in this mail, so it will look a bit plain ;-) ... The name hornpipe dates back as far as the early 16th century, but originaly for a very different dance. The modern rhythm bearing the name evolved around mid 18th century. ________________________________________ Basic hornpipe rhythm The modern hornpipe is usually notated in cut or in common time: sometimes in 2/4 time with the 8th note as the beat: ________________________________________ Tempo and Feel A hornpipe is slightly slower than a reel (about 180 beats per minute) with strongly accentuated beats and very distinctive triplet or even dotted feel. Sometimes the eight note rhtyhm is notated with dotted notes: sometimes they're notated as even ones: This is just a matter of notation though. You play the hornpipe with the same feel in both cases. The 2/4 hornpipe notation is also just a case of notation. Everything is notated with half the note values - fourth notes in common time becomes eight notes in 2/4 time, eight notes become sixteenth notes and so on. Some musicians tend to play 2/4 horpipes with a slightly faster beat, but the difference isn't that big and it's not an absolute rule anyway. ________________________________________ Rhythm patterns The two most useful basic strumming patterns for a hornpipe is the bass note-chord pattern: the "Drunken sailor" pattern: and a combination of the two: or just like the reel. You may also want to add eight notes on the third beat: ________________________________________ Variations Of course you don't have to stick to the same rhythm pattern throughout. Don't be afraid to add or remove an egth note offbeat here and there. Triplets can be very effective in a hornpipe too - as long as they're not overdone.