By the end of this course you will have a broad repertoire of percussion skills such as rolls, backhand motion, the use of syncopation and the ‘Bo Diddley Beat’ to accompany popular Irish tunes like Reels, Jigs, Slipjigs, Slides, Polkas and Hornpipes. The course has 13 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each.
A broad range of rhythmical accompaniments that cover a variety of tune types – Reels, Jigs, Slipjigs, Slides, Polkas and Hornpipes – are taught in this masterclass for bodhrán players. Over the course of the 13 tutorials, the tutor discusses and demonstrates rolls, backhand motion, the use of syncopation, the ‘Bo Diddley Beat’, and rim techniques to name but a few. As a drummer, the tutor frequently discusses how to translate a drum beat to the Bodhrán, so if you’re a drummer wishing to add the bodhran to your percussion selection, then this course is a must for you. The video tutorials are in a split screen format, so the learner can view the back hand as well as the forehand at all times.
Here’s a lesson by lesson breakdown of what is covered:
Beat To Accompany A Hornpipe
Focus On The Jig Rhythm
Continue To Examine The Jig Rhythm
Beat To Accompany Slip Jigs
Expand Upon The Reel Beat
How To Accompany Slides And Polkas
Advanced Development Of The Funky Reel Rhythm
How To Strengthen The ‘Up Beat’
Rim Technique For Both Reels And Jigs
Bo Diddley Beats
Various Sticks And Drums
Special Mp3s available to Download for each Rhythm Type
Sample mp3 of a Funky Reel Rhythm
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.