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.
As you will see, the general approach used in this book is to demonstrate rhythmic techniques first and then add open and closed tones (putting hand on and off back of skin).