Open-string rolls on the fiddle
After fiddling for many years in both Midwest and Irish styles it finally dawned on me that doing fluent rolls wasn’t ever going to be possible without working at it. I’ve been practising roll-heavy tunes such as The Boys of the Lough and several Paddy Canny tunes. In some of the transcribed tunes I’ve printed out (many from Henrik Norbeck’s great collections) I am encountering rolls on the open (I presume) E and A strings.
How is this done? Is there string-crossing involved, which it seems to me would make the rolls difficult to execute quickly? Perhaps the transcriptions are from flute or box players.