Fiddlers; how often do you roll?
I’ve recently gotten the hang of being able to slot in first finger rolls at a good tempo into tunes. It feels incredible! For me personally, and I’m sure this is a popular opinion, I think rolls add so much more to Irish fiddling and they really just make it sound that much more Irish as opposed to just a folk tune. They’re beautiful little ornaments and since learning them I’ve been putting them in at every opportunity.
But as a result, whenever I have a tune, it doesn’t feel complete unless there are rolls in them. Sometimes there are tunes where there are very little phrases that start with a strong A/E/B/F# and I haven’t really tried doing second finger rolls yet. Other times, it just hasn’t feel apt to put one in. But the desire to put one in and that feeling of incompletion without them lingers! Jigs especially feel a bit empty without them. So this begs me to idly ask how often do you fiddlers roll? As much as possible? With all fingers? Do you skimp on them, reserve them for special occasions? I know Donegal/Scots fiddling doesn’t quite feature as many rolls, sometimes completely lacking them, but I don’t feel that I can play at the pace and bow-control skill they have to compliment my lack of rolling.