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Old 09-26-2017, 03:56 PM   #21
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Default Re: Help figuring out some tunes?

Originally Posted by 3D Piper View Post
Wait- there ARE only two beats per bar in a 6/8!
So a 6/8 would be compound duple (compound time two beats per bar). A 9/8 would be compound triple (compound time three beats per bar). A 12/8 would be compound quadruple (compound time four beats per bar).
Ah, but a 9/8 can also be complex time three duplets and a triplet ( in any order: 2223, 2322, 2232, 3222...
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:35 PM   #22
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Iíve found the Bagpipe Player app to be invaluable on my phone. I practice a lot on my chanter in my car and the app is great for that. I just find some .bww files of songs Iím interested in learning and load them up.
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:51 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by salmunmousavi View Post
I think the hardest time signature for me to wrap my head around is 9/8.
For sure if you have some Irish musicians and a clueless guitarist wants to play along, the musicians might wink at one another and start playing An Phis Fliuch/O Farrells' Welcome to Limerick... the hapless newbie guitarist will never figure out where the "1" is.

Here are people who know exactly how it goes! A 9/8 jig, but there's something about it, and people who are unfamiliar with the tune get confused.


I used to play in a Bulgarian dance band and we did lots of things in 7/8, plus things like 11/8 and 15/8. It's standard stuff in Bulgarian dance music.

Bulgarian music has a 9/8 but it's different.

Scottish 9/8: 3+3+3

Bulgarian 9/8: 2+2+2+3 (Daichovo horo)

The 7/8 can be either 2+2+3 or 3+2+2 (Ruchenitsa)

It gets more complicated, for example the 15/8 is

2+2+2+2+3+2+2 (Buchimish)
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