When you are learning a new jig, do you often have trouble staying “on the beat” because you are using all of your concentration just to play all of the melody notes, gracenotes and embellishments correctly? Then, after you get those pesky things out of the way, are you still having trouble getting that “jig feel”? Using a metronome during your practice may well be a useful tool for you.
Practicing slowly is a means to an end. It is the foundation of good musicianship and is recognized by many musical disciplines as a technique that you can use to develop your musical skills. By practicing slowly, you give yourself time to execute each melody note and embellishment accurately and evenly.
This part takes the foundation we've built in the first three parts, and really "lets go" from a compositional standpoint. The rhythms become more driving and repetitive, and how sweet it is! Yeeeeehaw!
Let's discuss the importance of rhythmic accuracy in this classic jig. Jigs are, of course, dance tunes - and if we don't present compellingly accurate rhythm, no dance effect will be achieved whatsoever!