The Scottish Whistle
Whistle Tutorial - Lesson 5.2
Reels are in 4/4 time. That means that there are four beats in every bar, and that the length of the beat is a quarter note. In the exercise below, the top line consists of half notes (a whole note would take up the whole bar, half notes take up half the bar). Start counting out a 4/4 beat:
ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR, ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR,
and so on. Each half note will take up two counts. Play that for a while.
On the second line, all the notes are quarter notes, so there will be four in a bar, and they'll each take up one count.
The third line has a mixture of quarter notes and eighth notes, so the count would be
ONE - TWO - and - THREE - FOUR - and, ONE - TWO - and - THREE - FOUR - and.
Finally, the fourth line has all eighth notes, and the count would be
ONE - and - TWO - and - THREE - and - FOUR - and
for every bar.