Bodhrán Basics Overview

Recommended Bodhrán for Beginners

“Bare back” bodhráns are recommended, i.e., those bodhráns without the cross bars, as they tend to get in the way. Any size upwards of 14″ are recommended, and whatever feels comfortable for you to hold, although comfort holding the drum is really something that takes practice. See more detailed advice on drums below in the FAQ.

Advice Starting Out with the Bodhrán

We always encourage students to enjoy the journey. Watch and listen to your tutor Brian and follow his guidance, step by step. Brian is an excellent tutor for beginners as he breaks each step down to its simplest, instructional form. It is presumed that you have an interest in Irish tunes, however, if you are new to Irish traditional music make sure to take time to listen to lots of jigs and reels to get a feel for them. OAIM’s Virtual Reality Lounge is the place to be to enjoy the finest Irish musicians work their craft and inspire new players.  

More detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.

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Bodhrán Basics Lessons

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How To Hold The Drum

Bodhran Basics Lesson 1

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Introduction and How to Hold the Drum and the Stick

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How To Hold The Stick

Bodhran Basics Lesson 2

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How to Hold the Stick and Introduction to Reels and Jigs

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Rhythmic Playing In Reels And Jigs

Bodhran Basics Lesson 3

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Rhythmic Playing in Reels and Jigs

Reel

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Variation In Tone Production

Bodhran Basics Lesson 4

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Variation in Tone Production using the Heel of the Hand / Jig Rhythm

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Using The Hand As A Stick

Bodhran Basics Lesson 5

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Using the Hand As A Stick

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Down Stroke Rim Shots

Bodhran Basics Lesson 6

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Down Stroke Rim Shots

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Playing The Bones

Bodhran Basics Lesson 7

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Playing the Bones!

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Advanced Rim-Shot Techniques

Bodhran Basics Lesson 8

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Advanced rim-shot techniques are explained and Brian introduces vamping in jigs

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Slip Jig Rhythm

Bodhran Basics Lesson 9

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Slip Jig Rhythm

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Playing The Spoons

Bodhran Basics Lesson 10

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Playing the Spoons!

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Putting It All Together

Bodhran Basics Lesson 11

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Putting it all Together

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Putting It All Together / Improvisation

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Putting it All Together / Improvisation

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Session Etiquette And New Rhythms

Bodhran Basics Lesson 13

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Session Etiquette and New Rhythms

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