This workshop will explore a range of fun Brazilian samba patterns exercises I have transcribed for bodhran that will push you technically and musically. We will also work on time keeping and developing an internal sense of pulse through a selection of activities and exercises.
Improvisation can sometimes seem intimidating though there are lots of practical exercises and activities you can use to get improvising quickly and effectively. In this playful workshop we will explore a range of these approaches to improv’ and soloing on the bodhran alongside real musical examples.
Triplets are an important part of playing the bodhran and a great way to ornament grooves and rhythm patterns. In this session we will explore a range of approaches to playing triplets through graded exercises and activities to build your technique and develop your ear.
Whilst Irregular time signatures are uncommon in traditional Irish music, they are a regular occurrence in many other world drumming traditions. Understanding these Irregular patterns can help us to develop our rhythmic musicianship and create cool new grooves.