The Bare Bones
Group A: The March
The march is addressed first due to the sheer volume of rhythms involved in the style. This group introduces drummers to simple time (beats divided into two, four or eight). Once the rhythms for this style are mastered, drummers will be able to perform 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4 marches as well as 2/4 hornpipes (swung).
Group B: The 2/2 Reel
The Reel group is quite small because it covers only rhythms found in reels and hornpipes performed "straight" or "round" (without swing). As 2/2 is also a simple time signature, there will be many parallels between Groups A and B.
Group C: The Jig
The Jig group addresses the styles performed with compound time (beats divided into three or six). The knowledge gained in this group will also allow drummers to perform 9/8 slip jigs.
Group D: The 6/8 March
The 6/8 March group will build on the knowledge of compound time gained in Group C with the addition of both "dot/cut" and "cut/dot" rhythms. Completion of this group will facilitate reading of 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 marches.
Group E: The Strathspey
The final group will focus on the most rhythmically misunderstood style that we play: The Strathspey. Strathspeys are written in 4/4 time but use a combination of dot/cut rhythms borrowed from The March and Reel groups and triplet feel integral to the Jig group to create a unique and complex musical style. Mastery of Groups A and C is highly recommended before attempting Group E.