"Jigs are in 6/8 time, which can take some getting used to if you haven’t flatpicked many jigs or used a lot of triplets in your playing.
"There are a few general guidelines to flatpicking jigs. Jigs are often played with a “lilt” by slightly lengthening the first eighth note of a triplet (on the downstroke) and subsequently shortening the second eighth note (on the upstroke).
"Another item to consider is picking direction.
"Unlike reels, which are normally played using alternating picking, with jigs we’ll use a downstroke on the downbeats to give them emphasis, which in turn helps give the tune a rhythmic drive.
"For example, we’ll pick triplets Down-Up-Down Down-Up-Down (DUD DUD) instead of alternating (DU DU DU).
"This is a guideline, not a rule…you may like the sound of alternating picking better, and in some places, sticking with one picking pattern may be awkward."
Thank you, Doug! What a great resource GuitarNoise.com is, with its free, detailed, informative lessons.
And here is Ten-Penny Bit again, with a few added ornaments that sounded right to me after listening to a few videos.
There are other changes that could be added, also, but you can add them yourself! The more I listen to videos of this free fiddle music, the more details I notice.
The chords for this free fiddle music are my own suggestion -- you could probably switch the G chords and Em chords around and not really have it sound too different.
I really love this free fiddle music, Ten Penny Bit.
The pdf download links for the fiddle & guitar music:
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
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