At 10:45 PM 02/20/2002 +0000, Caoimhin MacAoidh wrote:
>He walked into the class and Brendan asked each player what they hoped to
>achieve in the class. When he came to this player he said he was there to
>learn the "Double Stuttering Roll" (I swear to Christ this is absoluely
>true). Brendan looked at him like he spoke an unknown language. After
>exploring, he maintained he had mastered every technique in Irish music
>except that employed by Brendan Mulvihill
Great story, Caoimhin. Brendan Mulvihill calls it simply the "stuttering
roll," by the way. This invention of his was announced in the notes to
Brendan's first LP "The Flax in Bloom." Actually, the "stuttering roll,"
although not easy to execute cleanly, is simply a treble (bowed triplet)
followed by a short roll on the same note. For instance on the note B:
What that does is it creates an ornament with a total duration of a
half-note, and there's no other ornament for that in Irish fiddle playing.
You can play two of those in a row, and that takes care of a bar of the
tune, so it's pretty easy to keep track of one's place when using those in
improvising. Personally, I'm not that fond of them and don't use them. In
fact, I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone but Brendan use them.
But by all means send that fellow over, I'll show him how to do it... :)
Hard-to-find imported Irish CDs
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