The Fiddle & The Roll
I am very much a novice to music playing and have been learning fiddle since January. Anyway, I have encountered the ‘roll’ on a number of music sheets and I am determined to be able to add it to my fiddling arsenal. Having watched a few youtube videos, those crazy kids make it look hella easy — but for me it is not. I am beginning with a 1st finger roll (1-2-1-0-1/BCBAB) on the A-string (note on the sheet is an A). Is this correct? Also, when doing this, should the roll be performed in one stroke of the bow? If so, is it normal for a musical novices’ brain to struggle with commanding one hand to finger and the other to bow? Eg: not one note = one bow stroke. Any advice on this tool of Satan is greatly appreciated.