A little less than three months ago I received a Bodhran for Christmas. Very happy. I am working my way through YouTube videos learning how to play it. I was going to post my first recording of it, but I chickened out–not quite there yet. Instead, I thought I would share the YouTube clips I am using to learn about this wonderful instrument!
First: How to Pronounce it:
The next thing is how to hold the Bodhran, and how to hold the “stick” as Brian Fleming call it from the Online Academy of Irish Music:
So I have been holding my drum and working out how to play a basic 4/4 beet, and really working on keeping a steady rythm, as that seems to be an issue for me when I play music…
I have also found this exercise very helpful for practicing strong up-beets and down-beets:
And lastly, Why play the Bodhran? Because it is Frickin’ Awesome!!!!!