Slip jigs are an important part of Irish dance music and are distinguished from “regular” jigs by their rhythmic pattern. They are written in 9/8 time, as opposed to the 6/8 time used for double jigs. “Dever the Dancer” is a good first slip jig to learn because the melody really emphasizes the 9/8 rhythm. Marla starts this lesson by explaining the slip jig rhythm and the feel of the three groups of three eighth notes, noting the slight secondary emphasis on the last group of three. Then she takes the melody of “Dever the Dancer” apart, phrase by phrase, to teach the tune.
"Dever the Dancer" (Available to subscribers)