I had to share one of my favourite tunes with you - The Last Mile.. It's written by Scottish musician and composer. Mark Stewart, who just so happens to be my husband.
The Last Mile is getting played so much between here in Scotland and my native Canada that it's fast becoming a well-known tune among pipers, fiddlers, pipe bands and trad bands.
Mark wrote the tune on his way home from band practice one night around 2004/2005. He was playing with the Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band under PM Ian Duncan and his brother and Pipe Sergeant Gordon Duncan. Mark grew up playing with both Ian and Gordon in the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.
Mark wasn't in the door for more than a minute when he took out his chanter and said, 'What do you think of this?'.
He proceeded to play me two complete parts of a wickedly delicious reel. I figured it must have been a tune handed out at band practice that night, but when I asked him what it was he said the tune came to him as...
Slip jigs (9/8 jigs) are one of my favourite types of tunes to play, however many people find initially find it difficult to tell the difference between them and 6/8 jigs. The best solution for this is to listen to lots of great tracks to get more familiar with them.
The tricky thing is many albums don't specify if it's a slip or 6/8 (double) jig. Artists are also known to play around with the timings by adding an extra beat or taking one out. As fun as it is for those of us who can easily hear the change, this can make it quite confusing for someone trying to figure out whether it's a slip jig or not.
In an attempt to help you broaden your understanding of slip jigs I have created a Resource List to guide you along some great tracks.
In each part of the series I'll share with you tracks to practice along with and point out where the tune changes time signature.