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Bodhrán Lessons from OAIM

An apparently-simple percussion instrument, the Bodhrán is one of the most recognisable Irish musical instruments around. In the right hands, its goatskin hide provides definitive, strong and enchanting rhythms as the musician expertly tinkers its pitch and timbre. But mastering this traditional drum is no easy feat. Our online Bodhrán courses will provide you with the skill set and know-how to quickly master your Bodhrán.

With our online Bodhrán lessons, our tutor will show you how to hold and handle your Bodhrán as well as demonstrate the techniques and ‘tippers’ to create a variety of beats and tempos.

OAIM Bodhrán Courses

Bodhrán Basics

This course is designed to equip the beginner with all the rudiments necessary to tastefully accompany traditional Irish music. The tutor will patiently guide you from holding the stick and the drum, and learning the basic stroke, right through to sophisticated patterns on the drum, step by step.

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Bodhrán Technique

In this course 'Bodhrán Technique', maestro percussionist Jim Higgins presents a range of rhythmical accompaniments to cover a variety of tune types - Reels, Jigs, Slipjigs, Slides, Polkas and Hornpipes. Over the course of the13 tutorials, Jim discusses and..

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Anabel Martínez

A great opportunity for people who live in places where Irish music is not popular.

"I´m delighted with this course because it´s a great opportunity for people especially like me who live in places where the Irish traditional music is not very popular. Thanks to all the people that make OAIM possible and the group of great professional tutors. I hope to share with all of you my progress and my concerns about the music that I love so much - Irish Traditional Music."

Anabel Martínez - Valencia, Spain

OAIM Free Bodhrán Lessons


Free Beginner Bodhrán Lesson 1 & 2

Brian introduces the Bodhrán in the first lesson and goes on to discusses more techniques and rhythms in the second of our free lessons. Read More

Lesson 1

Bodhrán Lesson | Funky Reel Rhythm

In this lesson Jim Higgins will teach a funky beat which is good to accompany a medium paced reel. Read More

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  • Would you like to become a better musician or singer?
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  • Or are you interested in beginning a journey into Irish music and want to get off to a great start?
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Jim Higgins

Jim Higgins

Jim hails from Renmore in Galway. Born into a musical family, he went on to study music in University College Cork under Micheal O Suilleabhain amongst others. While in Cork, Jim caught ‘the bodhran bug’, playing alongside players such as Mel Mercier, Colm Murphy and Frank Torpey...[Read More]

Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming

Brian Fleming plays percussion from around the world, specialising in the traditional Irish percussion instruments the bodhrán and bones and West African percussion. He has recorded on some 30 albums, produced 3, played on several soundtracks for film and tv. He has played with many of the best known innovators in Irish music and dance, including Davy Spillane, Emer Mayock (Afro Celts), Anuna, Michael Flatley, Cormac Breathnach, De jimbe and Kila. He has taught ...[Read More]