Garrett Barry’s Jig

Jig, D Mixolydian
TrailJams Tune of the Week for September 16, 2021

TrailJams Tune of the Week. Garrett Barry's Jig. Traditional Irish Jig. Play it together September 16, 2021.


Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

This version of the tune is in D Mixolydian with no accidentals. It is a simplified version: it stays politely within its scale, and has wide open space for you to add embellishments as suits your instrument and your taste. If you explore the References and Resources section, you will find other versions of the tune that make beautiful use of notes outside the D Mixolydian scale.

Musical score (sheet music) for Garrett Barry's Jig, in D Mixolydian. Garrett Barry's Jig chords.

About the chords in this arrangement: The “D5” and “C5” designations mean that only the root and fifth notes in the chord are played, and the third is omitted. So, a D5 chord consists of D and A, and a C5 chord consists of C and G. Because the third is omitted, these chords are neither major nor minor. The chords designated as C5/D mean that the C5 chord is played over a bass note of D.

Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include Garrett Barry’s Jig.

  • Garrett Barry’s / Kitty Lie Over
  • Blarney Pilgrim / Garrett Barry’s / Banish Misfortune

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.