Anatomy of a “roll” in Irish traditional fiddling
This may be of use to some of you – what constitutes a ‘roll’ ornament. I often read different explanations of rolls in Irish music, and there are different ways of playing them, so I thought I’d do a progressive ‘build-up’ type of explanation.
Using a short phrase from the ‘Flogging Reel’ , 1st setting, bar 5 :
Look at the .jpg, and listen to the sound file, which repeats that bar over and over, gradually building up from a plain long note, gradually adding the elements of the roll until it is complete.
On the sheet music image below :
- line 1 is the phrase, played straight, no ornamentation.
- line 2 breaks the long G note into two short notes.
- line 3 adds a ‘cut’ in between the two short Gs
- line 4 completes the roll with an extra two notes, G and F#, before the second G.
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