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X:1 T:Short Stop Jig M:2/4 L:1/8 B:Winner – New American School for the Banjo (1833, p. 35) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A E>GB>d|c>A e>e|(dB) e>e|cA e>e| E>GB>d|cA e>e|(dB) e>G|A z A,2:| |:d>d e/^d/e|c>c e/c/e|EGBe|EAce| d>d e/^d/e|c>c e/c/e|EG Be|A2 A,2:|]

SHORT STOP JIG. American, Polka or Schottische (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuing (fiddle). AABB. A 'jig' dance (sometimes called a 'straight jig') is a latter 19th century duple-time, syncopated, dance tune meant as a vehicle for solo dancing in which the dancer was free to impress with his or her best combination of steps and movement. The 'stop' of the stop jig was the insertion of rests or tacits in the music, that could either be performed by the dancer as 'hesitations' in the dance or short showcases for a movements (the short musical silence having the effect of directing attention to the dance).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Septimus Winner (New American School for the Banjo), 1833; p. 35.

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