Rhythm Distribution in Recordings
(In Fully Irish Traditional Albums)

This list ranks rhythms by their relative frequency among all tune instances on all fully-indexed, commercial recordings of primarily Irish traditional music in my entire database. The total number of such tune instances is 23,445. Since it ignores whether a tune recording is a distinct tune or not, it reveals how often each tune type has been recorded. For example, even if one particular reel was recorded by ten different musicians over time, it still counts that as ten "votes" for the reel rhythm.

This report illustrates the distribution of tune types in commercial albums of Irish traditional music. Since it ignores whether a tune recording is distinct or not, and excludes incomplete albums, it can present the average rhythm distribution per album. The following 53 album codes are excluded from this report: 4MD 2, AKG 2, Arc 1, BBSW, BIABH 3, BF, Boys 12, Boys 13, Ch AIE, Ch BIH, CFF 1, CFF 2, CFF 3, CFF 4, CFF 6, CMcAn, CnORa 1, CMr 2, CTL 12, DD 8, DD 9, Di, DSLM, ECoyKD, FFH, Gdwr 2, HatW, InTndm, JMcC, JOS 2, KCs, LMcK 1, MMcG 3, Nms 2, NP, NVall 1, OMcA, OHs 2, OHs 3, Plx 7, Scglen 2, SkHly 3, Socks 2, Srnd, StGrmm 2, Stpkt, StWing 9, SS 2, SW, THayes, THny 1, Trpsw, TW.

This report, since it excludes some recordings, is slightly different from the report Rhythm Distribution in Recordings (All). Compare also Rhythm Distribution of tune types among all distinct tunes, as well as Rhythm Distribution in Session Tunes.

RhythmCountAverage
per album
% of
total
Bar graph
Reel10,6301345.3%bar
Double jig4,758620.3%bar
Hornpipe1,74527.4%bar
Song1,30625.6%bar
Polka1,08014.6%bar
Slide68612.9%bar
Air65512.8%bar
Slip jig58812.5%bar
Piece33801.4%bar
Barn dance25701.1%bar
March23301.0%bar
Waltz20900.9%bar
Set dance20300.9%bar
Single jig19700.8%bar
Fling17300.7%bar
Highland13300.6%bar
Strathspey8100.3%bar
Mazurka6700.3%bar
Schottisch5400.2%bar
Other2800.1%bar
Single reel2400.1%bar
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