I know this subject is brought up a lot: how to pick a jig. Should it be binary or trinary, DUD UDU or DUD DUD?
I don't want to reopen the question about one versus the other. But all the forums that deal with this subject extol the virtues of hitting the downstroke on the first and fourth beats of a 6/8 measure. They don't deal with the picking pattern in its entirety.
My question had to do more with those other downstrokes, the ones on three and six. After working with the Marylin Mair book for about a month, I find that I'm much more in control of my pick, able to change directions with great ease. Subsequently, it's been quite easy to hit the one and four when playing a jig. But I've also discovered that things sound rather clumsy if too many downstrokes occur in a row. For instance, the first measure of Trip to Sligo sound bad when played D_DDUD. I'd prefer D_UDDU. I also think it sounds strange when the note on one or four is the same on six or three, as in the first full measure of Coleraine.
So, is DUDDUD necessary if I'm already playing D? Or should I let the melody dictate how it's picked?