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6. Rolls

Purpose: Rhythmic Stability.
Credit: Markus Tullberg - Visingsö, Sweden 2012

 

  • Start the 60 BPM Metronome.

  • To perform the Irish ornament 'Roll', play the note itself first, followed by a cut above the note, and then a 'tap' below.

 

A tap is the same as a cut but you drop a finger instead of raising one;

  • Allow the finger below the note to drop in the same flicky manner as in the previous exercise.

 

  • Execute the rolls on the beat of the metronome.

  • Repeat them as many times as you wish before switching to another note.

    • The key is to maintain the rhythm.

Now, let’s do the roll starting from above G.

  • Play A on the beat, then G, and on the next beat, perform a cut on G (ring finger), followed by a tap on F# (index finger).


Next, we’ll do the roll starting from below G.

  • Play F# on the beat, then G, and on the next beat, perform a cut on G (ring finger), followed by a tap on F# (index finger).

  • Repeat this with all notes.

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