Lesson 1: Tin Whistle Long Rolls
'Rolls in Jigs' also called 'Long Rolls' are a combination of a cut and a tap on a dotted quarter note. They are used when you have three identical eight notes that need to be separated. If you look at the image to the right you will see they can be written with a "half moon" or a "sideways S looking thing" above or below it. When you see these symbols it means play a long roll on that note. For most of these lessons I will be using the "sideways S" but you can use which ever one you like in general.
It's important to note that just like in jig playing the first of the 3 notes is held a little longer, the 2nd is the shortest of the 3 and the 3rd is just slightly longer than the 2nd note. This just means you put a little more emphasis on the first of the 1/8th notes in the roll.
It's also important to note that even though I call these "Jig Rolls" they are played in many types on tunes including reels.
E Long Roll
F# Long Roll
G Long Roll
A Long Roll
B Long Roll
Sliding Long Roll
Long Rolls Exercise
Even though the exercise is in 6/8, I have the metronome in 4/4. I tried doing it in 6/8 and it doesn't allow you to use any expression. Remember that the first note of every long roll is held longer than you would think.
You can try the above exercise in the 2nd octave as well. Now go try these awesome ornaments in jigs and remember top do them slowly at first.