The text says there are 12 skips (intervals that are larger than 2 semitones) in this folk song. I counted it several times, and I see 13 skips, not 12. It's from a highly reputed journal; and also, I'm a highly sceptic person. How many skips are there in this melody?

The melody: https://ibb.co/DV6TtR8

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    I count 13 as well. But I’m guessing maybe the skip between the second and third bars of the second line isn’t counted, because it happens between the end of one phrase and the start of another. Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 20:03
  • @BobBroadley It's the same sor the 1st and the 2nd bar too. I don't think this is the reason Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 20:40
  • Anyone have an offline copy? The link is no longer active
    – nuggethead
    Commented Aug 24, 2022 at 15:07

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This appears to be an error in the article. There are 13 "skips" of which 11 immediately change direction. The two exceptions are m. 1, beats 2 and 3, which is followed by a repeated note, and m. 5, beats 2 and 3, which is followed by another leap in the same direction.

  • It seems to be. However it s hard to belive that they didn't notice it. Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 20:40

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