The music for various figures for set dancing ought be played at a speed that the dancers find comfortable – it can be played too slow as well as too fast for comfort. The following tempos have been found to be satisfactory, the more experienced dancers preferring the faster end of the range.
Reel Jig Hornpipe Polka Slide
Bars per minute: 58-62 58-62 46-50 66-70 66-70
Metronome: 116-124 116-124 92-100 132-140 132-140
(2 beats per bar)
Single jigs and single reels are usually played for céilí dancing