Reels are in 4/4 time which means there are 4 beats per measure and a quarter note (crotchet) gets one beat. For example here is how you would count while playing the tune. The vertical lines separate measures. Listen to Primrose Lass by pressing the play button below and repeat the words below the bar. [Note: Loading speed of MP3 player depends on internet bandwidth & computer power.]
ONE two three four | ONE two three four | ONE two three four |
WA-ter-me-lon | WA- ter-me-lon | WA-ter-me-lon | WA-ter-me-lon |
This is a very simple form of the reel, advanced drummers will commonly alter the emphasis on different beats to give the rhythm a lift but it will still have the basic 4/4 timing.
The manuscript (written form) would look like this:
Reel Tracks (Click on Tracks to open and download)
Track 26 MP3 file with Primrose Lass melody along with the corresponding slow reel rhythm. (Same as green bar above).
Track 29.MP3 file with just a slow reel rhythm
Track 30. MP3 file with just a moderate reel rhythm
Primrose Lass Sheet Music (Click here toDownload Primrose Lass PDF sheet music file)