Irish Slip Jig in D Major

Here’s a beginner lesson on how to play this upbeat slip jig by Mark Kelly of the band Altan. Slip jigs are similar to jigs, but they are nine beats per bar (9/8) instead of six (6/8).

There’s a lot of repetition, which you can see in the color-coded sheet music. I suggest you memorize and master the first bar before moving on. Also, warm up with the basic rhythm on a single note. If you do these two things, you set yourself up for success in the rest of the tune.

This tune is recommended for students in Module 1.6 or higher. It’s a good way to practice the D Major scale and the swing feel.

I made a supplemental video in which I’ll show you how to apply different slur patterns.


 


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A Part, 1st Quarter


Learning chunks 

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Preparation

Review and practice these lessons:

D Major Scale

Fingering and String Crossing 1


Play a D note with a D drone. Allow your breath, body, and mind to relax. Listen to the blend of your fiddle with the drone, and enjoy the sound.

D drone


Next, warm up with the the scale and phrases from the tune (once you’ve learned it) using the drone above.

D Major scale: D0-1-2-3-A0-1-2-3 | E0-1-L2-3-4 

A part, second quarter

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Further learning and practice

Make sets

Here’s a set you can do with this tune.

Snowy Path / The Butterfly Drops of Brandy

You can also pair this tune with standard jigs like Kesh Jig


Related Learning

If you want to get better at extracting the rhythm, then take this lesson: Extract The Rhythm

 

 

Bowing variation - supplemental lesson

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