From slow melodic airs to lively, energetic reels and jigs, there are a wide variety of tunes used in Scottish traditional culture. The slow airs are melodies in themselves or melodies taken from song, while the fast tunes are all dance-tune forms, although they can be enjoyed in their own right rather than just being used to dance to.
Descriptions are given of each of the different forms, with some examples of tunes and how they can be played. There are also some examples of tunes written in musical notation.
The hornpipe and the waltz are dance forms that have stayed popular over the years.
Scottish traditional music is essentially melodic and monophonic - it is rooted in unaccompanied tunes and songs.