The Bodhrán: An Irish Drum

The Bodhrán: An Irish Drum

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There are many rhythms in irish music: the Reel, Jig, Slip Jig, Hornpipe, March, Polka and Mazurka. In this book we will focus on playing the Bodhran in two of the most frequently heard rhythms: the Reel and the Jig.

The Bodhran requires a smooth, steady rhythm, and one must be at ease with the placement of accents in the earlier exercises before moving on to the more complex techniques. So spend some time on the fundamental Reels and Jigs on pages 1 and 2. You will have to experiment with how much pressure you use. As you listen to more and more Irish music you will gain a better understanding of this, and develop your own style.

Pages 19-22 combine all techniques.