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 25,486. 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 57 album codes are excluded from this report: 4MD 2, AKG 2, Arc 1, Barde 1, BBSW, BIABH 3, BF, Boys 12, Boys 13, Ch AIE, Ch BIH, Ch DOPR, CFF 1, CFF 2, CFF 3, CFF 4, CFF 6, CMcAn, CMr 2, CnORa 1, COLry, CTL 12, DD 8, DD 9, Di, DSLM, ECoyKD, FFH, Gdwr 2, HatW, InTndm, JMcC, JOS 2, KCs, LMcK 1, MMcG 3, NKndy 1, 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
Reel11,4771345.0%bar
Double jig5,157620.2%bar
Hornpipe1,91727.5%bar
Song1,41725.6%bar
Polka1,17114.6%bar
Slide74812.9%bar
Air74712.9%bar
Slip jig63812.5%bar
Piece38901.5%bar
Barn dance27201.1%bar
March25001.0%bar
Set dance23000.9%bar
Waltz22900.9%bar
Single jig21600.8%bar
Fling19400.8%bar
Highland15700.6%bar
Strathspey8400.3%bar
Mazurka8100.3%bar
Schottisch5700.2%bar
Other3100.1%bar
Single reel2400.1%bar
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