Lesson 5 – The Highlander’s Jig (1)

Lesson 5 – The Highlander’s Jig (1)

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1. Jig
– is a dance tune in time signature of 6/8
– pulse : on 1 and 4 beat
– jig is called Highlander’s Jig
– very common tune
– in Key of A-ish -> A minor and A major together –> mode A Mixolydian : G sharp is turned to G natural — Mixolydian Mode : Flat Seventh
– Mixolydian mode is the bagpipe mode – bagpipe has 9 notes in a mixolydian scale –> reason for so many great tunes

2. Breakdown A
– pickup is on D
– see sound files

3. Breakdown B
– pick of G# instead of G natural
– !! when going back to A
– First phrase :  pick up in G# – Long – short
– Second Phrase : start similarly but end with the high B

4. Bowing
– Cape Breton made up out of mainly single stroke vowing – specially true in the case for jigs
– just attention to pick up of phrases
– start with pickup in a up bow – last is in a V
– beginning in the following phrase als in a V – !!!no slurring between the two – last and pick up note as indicating the end of the phrase
– picks of b-part the same as for the A-part
—> last note of phrase is in a V and pickups are played in V but never slurred together

(16:25) 5. Harmony – Arpeggios
by learning arpeggios – think an play in frames on the fingerboard – Frames ==! chords on a mandolin
Learn A major (1) – G major (7) – D major (4)
A Major – A C# E  A1

G Major – G B D G1

D Major – D F# A D1

A phrase can be thought of as a phrase – and larger – a sequence of frames
Leave fingers on the fingerboard as long as possible
Instead of individual notes think about notes

where are the shapes in B-part (26:25)


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