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Rowan Chisholm (1708) · [archive]
Style: Bluegrass · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

This is a reel, a dance involving a group of couples. (See my "Devil's Dream" lesson for an example of how the steps and figures for one reel goes.) It needs to be lively and precise on the beats.

Please note that there is a pickup note that is not balanced by the incomplete measure at the end. The incomplete measure is balanced by the pickup notes for the second section of the music.

For this reel, you'll play the first section of music once, including the pickup note. Then you'll play the second section of music, once. Then, go back to the first section and play it once, but WITHOUT the pickup note! When you hit the end of the first section, hold the note.

No, I do not know what you do for a longer dance with this. For this piece, I'm having to follow what's on the page and don't have personal experience with this exact type of form. If I had to use this for a dance, I'd play the whole thing over again and as many times as necessary.

If you've never played a dotted 8th-16th pattern before, count it as 1-ee-and-a just like for any other 16th note figure. (Three counts for each dotted 8th note and one count for the 16th. Dotted 8th: "one-ee-and" 16th: "a".) Start learning this by clapping the rhythm until you get a feel for the rhythm. Then play this very, very slowly until you get the hang of it. People have been playing stuff like this for centuries and it only *looks* like something to go running screaming in terror from!

This is in cut time. This means that there is a chord played on the first and third quarter notes of the measure. They are: G F, G G, G F, G F, G F, G G, G F, G F.

If you wish to play it slower, and in 4/4 time, play one chord per quarter note, as follows: G G F F, G G G G, G G F F, G G F F, G G F F, G G G G, G G F F, G G F.