The ever-elusive Jig rhythm
I’d like to start off by thanking any and all repliers in advance, just because in the past life has gotten in the way for a day or few, and by the time I got back to reply the discussions had fallen off the main page and though I did reply to thank people and comment, I’m not sure if anyone who replied ever saw that I had (I did!). So if my life in the next few days gets hectic I want to do so now!
Anyway, so I guess I’m all about trying to really figure out the beautiful, the mysterious, and ever-elusive (at least it feels to me right now) jig rhythm. I was just gifted a whole bunch of really good flute albums and have been doing so much listening. I have a teacher (who I’d name but fear I might embarrass him more than a little since he is kind to take on students new to the tradition). And so I am doing these things…
It is just, every time I start to think I might be getting a handle on what it is and a slightly lengthened first note, all of a sudden the first note of the "three" seems shortened, but then they all seem close to equal, and then before I know what’s happening it has all shifted again and is dancing away from me. I can hear something, I can hear that this is nothing that I could ever put in any of my classical music boxes and my ingrained conception of 6/8 rhythm so woefully doesn’t capture it. I can hear that I get closer to it if I learn by ear from good players. But I’m still not there yet and can’t generate it on my own and can’t quite grasp it.
I know that I am at the point where I don’t want to listen to any other kind of music because I feel like I need to immerse myself in Irish music for the time being to really really hear it and get it.
But I don’t yet. I know there’s not necessarily a short-cut or an easy way to it and that’s not what I am looking for.
Just maybe a map or the steps to the dance (am I overdoing the metaphors here)? Or somehow to get a little closer to really understanding this piece and how to confidently play the lift on my own?