Instant Bodhran - part one; learn the basics of drumming now

Rhythm and Celtic music go together. Discover this amazing drum and have fun getting into the Celtic groove today.
4.6 (24 ratings) Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
893 students enrolled
Instructed by Ben Hewlett Music / Instruments
$19
$30
37% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works

Discover

Find online courses made by experts from around the world.

Learn

Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.

Master

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

INSTANT BODHRAN – play the Irish drum now!

Take this course and play the Bodhran instantly. No musical experience needed.

I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WANT A FOLLOW UP COURSE. THIS IS THE ONLY BODHRAN COURSE I'VE DONE SO FAR, BUT I WILL MAKE MORE IF YOU MESSAGE ME - IF YOU DON'T I WON'T - SO TELL ME IF YOU WANT MORE!

You will pick it up straight away without needing any music skills. This is easy to play and really fun to learn. You will be proud of your achievements and happy with the results.

'INSTANT BODHRAN' is a new course where you learn one simple idea per lecture. You will find it is taught in a friendly and encouraging manner and most importantly is it taught v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

'Ben Hewlett is a very experienced music teacher who is able to be very patient and methodical. Each lecture will introduce you to the next rhythm or technique – usually just one new idea and that's it.

You'll know Ben better as a harmonica teacher but he studied Bodhrah and tin whistle in the 1990's with the now very famous Steafan Hannigan and Marc Moggy from Renegade Rhythms. He got so into Bodhran he bought an expensive tuneable drum from Marc and it works better than ever to this day. Ben has played Bodhran in bands and sessions for years and even has a Senheiser bass drum microphone embedded into his drum.

Ben is an experienced teacher and uses his skills to get the message across to you in a clear and concise way.'

This method is very easy for you to pick up the rhythms and strokes as they are repeated over and over again until you have got it. You can even re-run the video if you find it useful.

Imagine how amazing it will feel when you whip out your bodhran and play this tune – your friends and family will carry you shoulder high in triumph. Hopefully they don't carry you out of town and dump you in the river, but hey, swimming's good as well.

The health benefits of playing the music are well documented – google it. Playing music makes you smarter they say.

You will have fun on your own and with your friends, and more power to the brain will make you think you are having a good time so it's all good.

What are the requirements?

  • You will just need a Bodhran - any type or style and size will do for now. And a beater/stick/tipper.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play Bodhran well enough to join in with sessions or in a group

What is the target audience?

  • This is for beginners. If you've wondered how to play the Bodhran or tried and failed I will guide you through step by step

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
06:05

THIS COURSE IS THE FIRST BODHRAN COURSE IN WHAT COULD BECOME A SERIES.

IF YOU WANT MORE YOU NEED TO LET ME KNOW.

IF YOU DON'T ASK FOR MORE I WON'T DO ANY MORE!

This lecture describes what you need from this course.

Summing up:

You will need a Bodhran and a beater/tipper/stick.

Preferably without crossbars but just use what you have.

I have heard Bodhran teachers many times telling students to remove the crossbars as they have no structural significance and get in the way of your hand movements.

We will be using a double ended beater for this course and will look at single ended beaters in a follow up course.

Wiki says: The bodhrán (/ˈbɔrɑːn/ or /ˈbaʊrɑːn/n) is an Irish frame drum ranging from 25 to 65 cm (10 to 26 in) in diameter, with most drums measuring 35 to 45 cm (14 to 18 in). The sides of the drum are 9 to 20 cm (3 to 8 in) deep.

A goatskin head is tacked to one side (synthetic heads or other animal skins are sometimes used). The other side is open-ended for one hand to be placed against the inside of the drum head to control the pitch and timbre.

One or two crossbars, sometimes removable, may be inside the frame, but this is increasingly rare on modern instruments. Some professional modern bodhráns integrate mechanical tuning systems similar to those used on drums found in drum kits. It is usually with a hex key that the bodhrán skins are tightened or loosened depending on the atmospheric conditions.

03:51

In this lecture we will learn how to make our first hit.

This is learnt on the skin of your hand first before playing it on the skin of the drum.

First I show you how to hold the beater and then how to rotate the beater and strike the skin.

As you will see we rotate the beater from 9pm to 6pm and back to 9pm on the 'clock face'.

The beater hits the drum skin between those points.

Try to hit the skin with impact almost like throwing the beater or flicking it at the skin with some momentum but still with a follow through.

Section 2: Playing in 4 beats to the bar
04:28

Now we are getting the hang of playing a single note or beat.

The 'count' for this exercise is in the attached jpeg.

There are four beats in the bar for this piece so you can count 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4

But as we are trying to trying to play on beat one only the sound will be:

Boom 2, 3, 4, Boom, 2, 3, 4, Boom 2, 3, 4, Boom, 2, 3, 4

Try to be accurate with the rhythm and also with the way the beater strikes the skin.

Make sure you don't scrape the beater along the skin, strike it with impact.

05:05

In this lecture we will play this brilliant tune - Whiskey in the Jar.

Just play one beat per bar as we've learnt in the previous lecture.

Get to know the tune with the words provided and sing along if you can.

Now play along one beat per bar on your had.

Next try it on your bodhran.

Play it round many times until you feel comfortable.

05:34

THIS COURSE IS THE FIRST BODHRAN COURSE IN WHAT COULD BECOME A SERIES.

IF YOU WANT MORE YOU NEED TO LET ME KNOW.

IF YOU DON'T ASK FOR MORE I WON'T DO ANY MORE!

Take a look at the attached jpeg and let's learn to play what it says.

Still four beats in the bar but playing on beats one and three only so you can count 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4.

Here's how it looks when you play beats one and three but not two and four,

Boom, 2, Boom, 4, Boom, 2, Boom, 4, Boom, 2, Boom, 4, Boom, 2, Boom, 4,

05:25

There are four beats in the bar for this piece so you can count 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4

You can also play four to the bar as well - please follow the video.

Try making the first beat louder than the other three.

Either you can hit the fist beat harder and louder or lift you left hand off the back of the drum skin a little bit to up the volume.

Section 3: Arm excercices
04:37

This lecture is about stretching your arms and hands to help you play comfortably.

DISCLAIMER: THESE EXERCISES ARE WHAT I DO AND THEY WORK FOR ME. PLEASE DO NOT DO THEM UNLESS YOU ACTIVELY WANT TO AND LET IT BE UNDERSTOOD THAT YOU DO THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK. I ADVISE YOU NOT TO DO THEM.

Having said that a simple easy stretch should be within most people's reach and I have been taught to do them by various teachers with no problems so far.

Section 4: Playing in 3 beats to the bar
05:10

Reel = 4 letters = 4 beats

Hornpipes have 4 beats and polkas have 2

jig = 3 letters = 3 beats

Walzes have 3, Jigs can be counted in 3 or 6, and slip jigs have 9

In this lecture we start looking at 3 beats (or 6) in the bar

Please see the attached jpeg in the resources tab

So the count will be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Let's start by just playing beats 1 and 4 so it's Boom 2 3 Boom 5 6

Note that beat 1 is a down stroke and beat 4 is an up stroke

Next you can try playing all six beats and your beater will be going:

Down up down - up down up

Section 5: Wrapping up the course and the follow up course
04:30

THIS COURSE IS THE FIRST BODHRAN COURSE IN WHAT COULD BECOME A SERIES.

IF YOU WANT MORE YOU NEED TO LET ME KNOW.

IF YOU DON'T ASK FOR MORE I WON'T DO ANY MORE!

That's pretty much the course done now.

The follow up is different rhythms, songs and techniques. Different beaters, playing single ended, playing outside Irish trad music, playing different pitches on your drum - and loads more!

Bye for now, please message me if you need any help.

Ben Hewlett

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Ben Hewlett, Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

  • Wow, over 10 thousand students - you could be next!!
  • I'LL PROVE HOW GOOD MY COURSES ARE - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM YOU CAN HAVE ALL YOUR MONEY BACK - NO QUIBBLE - 100%; GUARANTEED BY UDEMY! 

Here's how my courses are categorised in terms of subject, purpose and content. 'Instant' courses are simple tunes; 'Learn Harmonica' is the harmonica encyclopaedia for everyone; 'Bones of the Blues', 'Get Chugging', '101 Blues Riffs', and '60 Sonny Terry Riffs' are the video taught versions of books I've written (you can google them) and the others are all about different techniques. I also have Celtic music courses for you.

If you see a course you want but don't have the cash you can talk to me. If you are a student or not earning much I will support you with a lower price, but if you are doing ok you can support me - how's that?

About the Guru. Harmonica Guru? Guru Schmuru; I'm joking - someone said it once and it appealed to my ego!

*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK

*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996

*Lousy at spelling - getting worse actually so tell me if you see a typo pleese

*Ben qualified as CTABRSM in 2002 (Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

*Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995

*Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, the National Harmonica League of UK and the International Harmonica Organisation).

*Ben's teaching business HarpsCool is proud to be 'IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOHNER'

'Ben Hewlett is one of the UK's most respected harmonica teachers and the UK's most prolific author on harmonica tuition. He will lead you through the ins and outs of harmonica playing through a series of short video lessons. His teaching style is confident, practiced, humorous, skillful, knowledgeable and packed with information in bite sized chunks. Ben is used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals and is delighted to offer his services to you.'

'You'll know Ben better as a harmonica teacher but he also studied Irish Drum - Bodhran - and tin whistle in the 1990's with the now very famous Steafan Hannigan and Marc Moggy from Renegade Rhythms. He got so into Bodhran playing he bought an expensive tuneable drum from Marc and it works better than ever to this day. Ben has played Bodhran in bands and sessions for years and even has a Senheiser bass drum microphone embedded into his drum. Check out his Bodhran teaching on Udemy'

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I would recommend using 'Transcribe!' for slowing down and changing the key on my backing tracks - it's free as a trial and well worth a look in my opinion.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I have been teaching people to play harmonica since 1996 as a full time job. I have started tens of thousands on their way to play the harmonica and I can tell you - it sure beats working!

I believe I was the first person to be a full time harmonica teacher in the UK, there are still very few of us - so there's plenty of room if you want to come and join me.

Recently I have become the Chairman of the National Harmonica League (NHL) which supports the UK harmonica players community.

Much of my time is spent writing books with Paul Lennon on how to play the harmonica, there are 20 or so with loads more in the pipeline - we have so many ideas it never stops.

I teach children near home, and with my team at HarpsCool where the team and I give 400 children weekly harmonica lessons.

My YT videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching on Udemy; there are millions of hits on the youtube sites and thousands of subscribers. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it's helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing - at last!

I run workshops at major harmonica festivals including SPAH in the US, the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK, the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany - home of Hohner, and the Harmonica Masters Workshops also in Germany.

I even use the harmonica in team building events for many international companies.

Cruise Ships have been part of my teaching life since 2002 and the combination of teaching, performing and travelling is quite a blast. Who knew teaching the harmonica would take me to the Caribbean three times, Africa, Russia, Scandinavia, and Atlantic Europe.

You will often find me performing in various venues and going to jam sessions, and I love playing with interesting groups or sitting on a number when The opportunity arises - that's one of the wonderful things about the harmonica, you can have it in your back pocket and join in with people wherever you are.

So you are in extremely competent and safe hands, so do yourself a favour and try one of my courses - in fact have a free lecture or two to suck it and see - that's a harmonica joke by the way.


Ready to start learning?
Take This Course