Rhythm Distribution

This list ranks rhythms by their relative frequency among all the distinct tunes in the entire database (6,918 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
Reel2,25432.6%bar
Double jig1,23617.9%bar
Song86512.5%bar
Hornpipe4827.0%bar
Polka3855.6%bar
Air2954.3%bar
Piece2333.4%bar
Slide2083.0%bar
Slip jig1892.7%bar
Waltz1752.5%bar
March1382.0%bar
Barn dance1091.6%bar
Single jig721.0%bar
Highland620.9%bar
Fling560.8%bar
Set dance470.7%bar
Strathspey410.6%bar
Other290.4%bar
Mazurka210.3%bar
Schottisch150.2%bar
Single reel60.1%bar
Total6,918
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