The Bodhrán, the heartbeat of Irish music, is an ancient drum made from wood and goatskin and beaten with a wooden stick. After two sold out courses in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017, this fun and inclusive six-week course led by Irish percussionist Ruairi Glasheen returns to explore the history of this dynamic instrument and a range of technical and musical skills required to play the Bodhrán.
The course will cover :
- The history of the Bodhrán, how they are made and how to look after your Bodhrán
- Technique: how to hold your Bodhrán, tipper, development of different strokes and exploration of various playing positions.
- Jig, reel, syncopated patterns and irregular time signatures. Patterns will be taught with a beginner, intermediate and advanced options.
- A wide variety of techniques to improve rhythm and pulse in a fun and inclusive environment.