How do I ascertain the ‘beat’ notes/general structure in slow airs as there is no standard rhythm structure for this class?
Reels have a (generally) standardized beat structure as do jigs, but I have read on here before that airs have no such set structure and could be any; the only thing lumping them together being that they are slow.
So this has made it very hard for me to know where I am at in a tune and how to make my own variations and punctuations, keep time etc. I am able to copy what I hear from the recordings but this not knowing of what the structure is means I am not able to break free from the recordings and I would like to be able to in order to vary the tunes.
I could give you examples of airs I have learned but then I would have to keep asking every time I learned a new one. So I suppose I would like to know how does one generally ascertain where the beats are (and with that where articulations and ornamentation would go) for any slow air (or whatever tune) when you don’t know before hand and only have a recording to go by. I mean for the ‘dancy’ tunes it would be easy; even if you don’t know what a reel or a jig is it is easy to hear the pulse beat in a recording but for airs and other slower tunes then how do you know when you don’t have a distinct on-beat to guide you?