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. The emphasis in this course is on technique. The tutor equips you with the rudiments you will need to develop your own style of playing. You will also learn fail proof techniques to differentiate between reels and jigs and how to follow the structure of a set of tunes in your playing. Chapters 6 and 10, respectively will tell you all you need to know to get going on the bones and spoons, respectively, so that you will have the full quiver of traditional Irish percussion instruments in your armory.


Lessons

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The Scale of D Major

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Introduction and How to Hold the Drum and the Stick

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 2


Level 1 | Accompaniment

How to Hold the Stick and Introduction to Reels and Jigs

Focus on Technique

The Scale of D Major

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 3


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Rhythmic Playing in Reels and Jigs

Reel

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 4


Level 1 | Accompaniment

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

 

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 5


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Using the Hand As A Stick

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 6


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Down Stroke Rim Shots

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 7


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Playing the Bones!

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 8


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Advanced Rim-Shot Techniques and ‘Vamping’ in Jigs.

 

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 9


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Slip Jig Rhythm

Jig

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 10


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Playing the Spoons!

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 11


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Putting it all Together

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 12


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Putting it All Together / Improvisation

Focus on Technique

Bodhrán Basics Lesson 13


Level 1 | Accompaniment

Session Etiquette and New Rhythms

Focus on Technique

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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