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Always wanted to learn the bodhrán?

Modern bodhrán: Online bodhrán Lessons For Players Of All Levels

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the bodhrán? Maybe you were given one as a gift and haven’t had time to pick it up and give it a whirl yet, and you’re not really sure where to start. Or maybe you’ve got a nice drum and you’ve played it a bit, but you really want to be able to join in when your friends are playing together or pop down to the local pub for your weekly session? Teaching the bodhrán is my passion, and I’d love for you to join in with me here at Modern Bodhrán.

Modern Bodhrán is a digital hub filled with online bodhrán lessons, free resources and a bodhrán blog to help you learn how to play the bodhrán. I have over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels how to play the bodhrán. I really wanted to make the most of all the experience and resources that I’ve built over years of teaching to help make the bodhrán accessible for players of all levels, all over the world.

Student Reviews

I'm finding [both courses] really helpful. I consider myself a reasonably advanced player, but know I have so much more to learn. The skin hand technique you teach is, I admit, a bit hard for me, but I'm working through it. I really like the warmup exercises you teach us as lesson one of the advanced session. I love and appreciate the three cameras you use in each lesson to show the action. Clean and concise. Clearly a labour of love. I wish you much success with this! It is well deserved.
Debbie
Intermediate & Advanced student
I am loving the intermediate course. Its a great review of rhythms and such that I learned at one point or another and have forgotten. The format is fantastic. Your videos are short, sweet and to the point. I also love the multiple angles. I know this equates to a lot of work on your part and wanted to thank you for such a well organized and presented project.
Valerie
Intermediate student
Thanks for this breakdown of using single ended triplets in a reel rhythm. I found it very useful to see it played so clearly. You've provided a firm foundation for building up speed and also for improvisation. This exercise has been especially helpful since it helps to build up the muscle memory I need for playing double downs, which I've found challenging. Thanks very much for your instruction and professional presentation.
Michele
Advanced student

What does Modern Bodhrán include?

Beginner Level

In the first level, we'll start with the basics! We'll go over all of the essential techniques such as holding your drum, down and upstrokes, stick hand technique, and basic 4/4 and 6/8 rhythms. This will create the building blocks for this modern style of bodhrán playing. Whether you play already or not, this is a great starting point.

Intermediate Level

In our Intermediate level, we'll start with what we learnt on our Beginner sessions and build on this base. We'll go much further into 4/4 and 6/8 as well as looking at upstrokes accents and both double and single ended triplets. This is a great level for anyone that has a little basic knowledge about the bodhrán but is looking to diversify their playing.

Advanced Level

Finally, we have an Advanced level! This level is all about playing in a variety of time signatures and with different types of tunes, and how to accompany alongside other backing instruments. We've learnt all our valuable techniques in Beginner and Intermediate levels, and now we can put them all to good use!

“Learn the techniques and methods required to become the bodhrán player you’ve always wanted to be.”

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