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Bodhran Learner Special - 2 Books

Bodhran Tutor Books

Combined Bodhran Tutor Special. Two bodhran tutor books for the beginner in one lot. Absolute Beginners Bodhran Tutor and The Bodhran

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2 Different Bodhran Tutor books in one lot

Book (1) Absolute Beginner's Bodhrán Tutor

An easy-to-use basic tutor with a new, simpler approach to playing the bodhrán. Uses a unique system of tablature to demonstrate exercises and techniques. CD included in this edition.

By Conor Long

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New, Paperback, A5 size, 32 Pages

IBSN: 1-85720101

Publisher: Waltons (1984)

Book (2) The Bodhrán Tutor

An easy to learn method for the complete beginner showing the different regional styles and techniques. Brings the beginner to a high level of technical competence on this ancient instrument

By Mícheál O' Súilleabháin

Condition: New, Paperback, A4 size, 25 Pages

IBSN: 1-85720-000-4

Publisher: Waltons (1984)

Contents Book 1 - Absolute Beginners

Introduction

The Bodhrán

Choosing a Bodhrán

Bodhrán Care

Playing Styles

Holding the Bodhrán

Holding the Stick

Playing Position

How to Read Bodhrán Tablature

Reels (Primary Level)

Jigs (Primary Level)

Reels (Secondary Level)

Other Forms of Tunes

The Swallow's Tail

The Tenpenny Bit

The Dingle Regatta

A Fig For a Leaf

The Sailor's Bonnet

The Dunmore Lassies

The Harvest Home

The Ballydesmond Polka

The Nine Points of Rogery

Suggested Listening

An original system of notating bodhran beats is introduced. A knowledge of music-reading is not necessary to read the symbols used in this symbol but those who can read music will benefit greatly by the musical examples. The idea of 'Random Play' is used to allow the learner to uncover the skill rather than grapple with it. This is based on the principle that every instrument lends itself to certain musical patterns on account of its construction and the bodhran is no exception to this.

The material in this book will be if invaluable assistance to any aspiring player of the instrument and to everyone interested in traditional Irish music.

Contents Book 2 - The Bodhrán

Chapter 1: The Bodhrán

An Irish Frame Drum

Chapter 2: Playing the Bodhrán

- Following the tune

- The different styles

- The double-ended stick style

- A note for music readers

- Random play

- The double-down stroke

- The double-jig

Chapter 3: Other Playing Methods

-          Single-ended Stick style

- Playing on the rim

- The hand style

- Thumb roll

Chapter 4: Contemporary Developments

- The rim-shot

- Rhythms

- Using the left hand

- Synchronisation

Overview

This practical introduction to the bodhran differs from the average tutor in several ways. Firstly, it offers several methods of playing, each of them handed down in regional styles throughout Ireland. It also includes a commentary on contemporary developments in performance technique.

An original system of notating bodhran beats is introduced. A knowledge of music-reading is not necessary to read the symbols used in this symbol but those who can read music will benefit greatly by the musical examples. The idea of 'Random Play' is used to allow the learner to uncover the skill rather than grapple with it. This is based on the principle that every instrument lends itself to certain musical patterns on account of its construction and the bodhran is no exception to this.

The material in this book will be if invaluable assistance to any aspiring player of the instrument and to everyone interested in traditional Irish music.

Micheál O' Súilleabháin

Micheál O' Súilleabháin lectures in the music department, University College Cork. He is married to singer Nóirin Ní Riain with whom he as recordd (Gael Linn and Glenstal labels) and given lecture-recitals in North America, Europe and India. He is well known for his creative direction of traditional musicians in the O'Riada tradition. Publications include a co-edition with Donal O'Sullivan of Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland (Cork University Press) along with various articles on music in Ireland in British and Irish journals.