After our break we began learning a traditional Irish Jig called ‘The Butterfly’. The jig, which is in 9/8 time and uses the D Minor Scale to create it melodies, is based around a simple rhythm figure and has three musical themes.
Rhythmically think: Dum dum-Dum dum-Dum dum-Dum
Please check out this excellent YouTube collaboration of musicians playing ‘The Butterfly’, which was this inspiration for teaching this piece.
The Butterfly – YouTube Collaboration
The class continued perfecting their warm up exercises, both physical and technical, and then tuned to to DADGAD once again and learnt the D Minor Scale in the DADGAD tuning.
We then used the DADGAD tuning and D Minor Scale to create a slow 12/8 blues; improvising licks as we moved from D, G and A pedal tones.