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6/8 Bluegrass tunes

Friday, January 21, 2011

Okay, I'm still pretty ignorant about the theory side of Bluegrass (and most theory in general!) but it seems to me that there aren't any fast Bluegrass tunes in 6/8. I'm aware that this genre has some roots in Irish and Scottish and other European folk music which often use 6/8 in jig format usually at quite high speeds. Why hasn't this made its way into Bluegrass music? Or has it? Like I said, I'm pretty ignorant!

This is something that I've been wondering about a lot recently and would love to hear your opinions!


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I began playing the violin when I was at primary school and have been playing on and ever since. I picked up other instruments along the way but now fiddle and mandolin are instruments of choice. I dropped classical pretty early on after feeling disillusioned and incapable. I was glad I did because I think my playing now is a lot freer and less clinical as a result. My dad got me into folk and bluegrass styles when I was a kid and I've been playing those styles ever since. I recently tried to incorporate blues, jazz, swing and Cajun styles into my playing too in order to be as ecclectic and diverse as possible. I was thrilled to find a website where like minded fiddlers can communicate and learn from each other!

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