The Humours of Whiskey

Slip jig, Bm, Traditional Irish
Also known as: The Humours Of Whisky; The Humors Of Whiskey

The Humours of Whiskey. Irish Slip Jig. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together December 18, 2022. Image copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay.

A nicely aged tune with sparkle, warmth, and perhaps a bit of peat smoke. This traditional Irish slip jig is best enjoyed in good company.

The tune alternates between a minor key in its first half and a major key in its second half. It starts in B minor. Then for the second half of the tune it shifts to D major (the relative major of Bm). Finally it either ends unresolved, or it comes “home” to resolve with a B minor chord.


Dots (Sheet Music)

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.

Sheet music and chords for The Humours of Whiskey, traditional Irish slip jig in Bm. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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