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Bodhrán

The Bodhrán is the heartbeat of Irish music and one of the most eclectic, accessible and fun percussion instruments to learn! In this video, Ruairi Glasheen explores all the skills you need to learn how to play the #bodhran​ including:

1. Positioning the drum ( 1:07​)

2. The playing hand (4:06​)

3. Holding the tipper and playing stroke (6:42​)

4. Keeping time and building speed (11:14​)

 

In this video Ruairi Glasheen takes you through the really awesome world of reels, and share 4 simple but super effective reel patterns. 

Reels are the most popular of traditional Irish dance patterns, and there are many thousands of reel tunes to have fun playing along with; they truly are the mainstay of most traditional Irish music sessions! 

Make sure to use headphones for some juicy bodhran sound :)

LESSON 2 : REELS
1. What is a Reel? ( 1:41​)

2. Reel Pattern No.1 (4:27​)

3. Reel Pattern No.2 (10:34​)

4. Reel Pattern No.3 (13:57​)

5. Introducing the Open Sound (15:27​)

6. Reel Pattern No.4 (21:31​)

SPOTIFY PRACTICE PLAYLIST which includes all tracks from the tutorial: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1el

..Source: Ruairi Glasheen

 

In this video, you'll learn everything you need to know about JIGS and Ruairi Glasheen shares 4 simple but effective Jig patterns. Jigs along with reels are the most popular of traditional Irish dance patterns, and there are many thousands of Jig tunes to have fun playing along with; they truly are the mainstay of most traditional Irish music sessions! Make sure to use headphones for some juicy bodhran sound :)

 

LESSON 3: JIGS 1. What is a Jig? ( 1:29​) 2. Foundations and Jig Pattern No.1 (5:00​) 3. Jig Pattern No.2 (8:35​) 4. Jig Pattern No.3 using hemiola (12:03​) 5. Introducing the 'Pop' Sound (14:49​) 6. Applying the 'Pop' sound to pattern No.1 (16:15​) 7. Jig Pattern No.4 using syncopation (18:31​) SPOTIFY PRACTICE PLAYLIST which includes all tracks from the tutorial: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1el...

..Source: Ruairi Glasheen

 

In this video I'll take you through hornpipes, and how to play along to them on your bodhrán with three simple but super effective hornpipe patterns. I'll also give you some context on what hornpipes actually are, where they came from, along with some musical and technical tips to help you get to grips with this laid-back style of dance.

 

This is lesson 4 in my HOW TO PLAY BODHRÁN series, and will sometimes refer to the other videos in this series to avoid duplication of topics covered. Let me know in the comments if the video is helpful, and if you have any questions or requests for future videos! Thanks for watching and make sure to use headphones for some juicy bodhrán sound :) LESSON 4 : HORNPIPES 0:54​ : What is a hornpipe? 2:30​ : Foundations and hornpipe pattern no. 1 8:25​ : Hornpipe pattern no. 2 12:36​ : Hornpipe pattern no 3

..Source: Ruairi Glasheen

 

In this video I'll take you through everything you need to play slip jigs on bodhrán, and share 4 graded and super effective reel patterns. Slip jigs are on of my favourite tunes to play on bodhrán, and in addition to learning new patterns in this video, we will also expand on the tonal hand and add ornamentation to our grooves. Make sure to use headphones for some juicy bodhrán sound :)

 

LESSON 5 : SLIP JIGS 1. What is a Slip Jig? ( 2:16​ ) 2. Slip Jig Pattern No.1 ( 4:48​ ) Foundations 3. Slip Jig Pattern No.2 ( 9:33​ ) Filling in the gaps and adding the open sound 4. Slip Jig Pattern No.3 (14:44​) Four bar pattern with more tonal hand movement and ornamentation 5. Slip Jig Pattern No.4 (22:42​) Syncopated pattern with hemiola

..Source: Ruairi Glasheen