Rhythm Distribution

This list ranks rhythms by their relative frequency among all the distinct tunes in the entire database (7,179 tunes).

This report can be interpreted as the distribution of tune types within Irish traditional music in general, but especially as it is represented in commercial recordings.

Compare Rhythm Distribution in Session Tunes which considers only the tunes currently played by at least one member. Compare also the distribution of tune types in recordings when all tune instances are considered, in the report Rhythm Distribution in Recordings.

RhythmNumber in
entire Tunography
%
of total
Bar graph
Reel2,31232.2%bar
Double jig1,28117.8%bar
Song89412.5%bar
Hornpipe4986.9%bar
Polka3945.5%bar
Air3204.5%bar
Piece2493.5%bar
Slide2133.0%bar
Slip jig1962.7%bar
Waltz1882.6%bar
March1442.0%bar
Barn dance1141.6%bar
Single jig781.1%bar
Highland680.9%bar
Fling590.8%bar
Set dance470.7%bar
Strathspey410.6%bar
Other320.4%bar
Mazurka270.4%bar
Schottisch180.3%bar
Single reel60.1%bar
Total7,179
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