I have been watching the videos of bodhran instructor for a few days now. This happened after stumbling into the bodhran lessons of Jesse Ferguson. I have to agree with Jesse that Michelle is very technical when it comes to teaching. I admire her detailed discussion about how to holding the instrument, how to generate a pleasant sounds (when you get one out of the box), how to hold the tipper (beater) properly and so much more.
Her channel also contains inspirational videos to help you maintain your creativity. I think these videos speak to all types of persuasions be it musical, visual or literary. I encourage you to visit her Bodhran Master Class youtube channel and subscribe because she has lots of ideas to give you. Especially if you are learning how to play the instrument for the first time.
I enjoy playing my bodhran because it gives me a sense of diversion from all the online work do. It is also a good way to really get to the bottom of traditional Irish music. The lessons provide me the understanding why they are called jigs, reels, slip jigs or hornpipes. I learned appreciate various rhythms that serve as foundation of traditional Irish music.
I also discovered many youtube channels where you can learn for free and I will be posting them at the end of this blog.
Learning the bodhran is therapeutic. You have options to buy less expensive ones if you are a beginner. Professional ones cost around $125.00 or more. I think it is a very flexible percussion in terms of generating tones. I learned that you can either play it loud or soft depending on how you move your left palm and also the amount of pressure you apply. I am an enthusiastic student and I hope you join me in this musical journey. I will be posting more about bodhran resources online in my future articles.
Jesse Ferguson- Bodhran (Irish Frame Drum) Tutorial:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=790kmxPtHwA
Chris Weddle – Bodhran Lessons : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpwnIRlFS1ivyeMmCp7sKZSWbnBBTjxbU
My big thank you to Paula for the Walton’s Bodhran: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4M60O1l5yTWh-_Hl-u1EVA