Instant Bodhran - part two; learning further drumming skills
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Instant Bodhran - part two; learning further drumming skills

Learn to play jigs and reels in many different ways and improve your drum skills as well as your rhythm skills
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Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play waltzes, jigs and reels in a variety of ways using the skills learnt in this course
  • jam along in live music sessions of any description - especially live traditional Irish/English pub sessions
  • join a group of players in many different types of music and be the drummer!
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Requirements
  • You will just need a Bodhran - any type or style and size will do for now. And a beater/stick/tipper.
Description

INSTANT BODHRAN – play the Irish drum now!

This is PART 2.

I recommend you take 'Instant Bodhran - part one; learn the basics of drumming now' BEFORE taking this course.

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

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is for you if you have played a little bodhran before. I don't mean a small drum, I mean small experience.
  • If you've NEVER played bodhran before you can take this course if you are a fast learner but I recommend you take my beginners course first - Instant Bodhran - part one; learn the basics of drumming now
  • This course is not for you if you can already play bodhran to a high level
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
01:04:48
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Intro and overview of the course
1 Lecture 04:11

Please make sure you have done the first course before you take this one:  'Instant Bodhran - part one; learn the basics of drumming now'

I will recap the first course in the next lecture but it's best to do it properly.

Preview 04:11
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Recapping the first course
1 Lecture 07:58

I the first course (Instant Bodhran - part one; learn the basics of drumming now) we covered a lot of the basics:

How to hold the beater

How to support the drum

How to hold the drum

Use of the left hand

Moving the beater along the arc between 9 and 6 o'clock

Keep your wrist fused so the whole arm twists.

Play in 4/4 but only play beat 1

Now on Beats 1 and 3

Now all the beats - 123 and 4

Emphasise beat 1

Play in 6/8 emphasising beats 1 and 4


Recapping the first course a little
07:58
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Playing in 4 - Reels
2 Lectures 15:57

Reels.

Play along with The Drunken Sailor

4/4

4 beats to the bar

Emphasise beat 1

Emphasise beats 1 and 3

Playing in 4/4 time - reels
04:42

Now we are playing all 4 beats in the bar but two notes her beat.

We can count it '1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and' to give us the 8 quavers/eighth notes.

The pattern is dudududu

d=down and u=up.

The first tunes the emphasis in beat 1 but the second (Sally Gardens) can be emphasised on beat 2 or on beats 2 and 4 to give it more lightness.

The final tune is up to you to see what you hear.

Try to keep your hand moving but miss some beats out so it fits with the long notes of the tune.

Keep stopping and listening and see if the accented beats.


More Reels
11:15
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Playing in 3 - Waltzes and Jigs
3 Lectures 22:23

Waltzes.

3/4

Three beats in the bar.

Skye Boat Song.

Nice and stately - very steady.

Try playing it ddu or duu

It could even be uud or udd I suppose

Experiment with the different ways.

If the waltz is slow enough you can double the speed of your arm - I demonstrate this at 6 minutes into the video.

Playing in 3/4 - waltzes
08:06

Here are some great excursuses for your hands and arms.

How to de-stress your hands and arms
04:37

Jigs now.

6/8

Six beats in the bar

Jigs can be played in many different ways.

Beats 1 and 4 are in bold as they are the strongest beats

d=hit the skin with the stick traveling DOWNWARDS

u=hit the skin with the stick traveling UPWARDS

- = don’t hit the drum skin at all; not every stroke connects

 

Here are some ideas for you to test:

The hand swings up and down continually ‘dududu’

Beats

1

2

3

4

5

6

d

-

-

-

-

-

d

-

-

u

-

-

d

-

d

u

-

u

d

u

d

u

d

u

The hand moves in the ‘duddud’ pattern

Beats

1

2

3

4

5

6

d

-

-

-

-

-

d

-

-

d

-

-

d

-

d

d

-

d

d

u

d

d

u

d

The hand moves in the ‘dduddu’ pattern

Beats

1

2

3

4

5

6

d

-

-

-

-

-

d

-

-

d

-

-

d

-

u

d

-

u

d

d

u

d

d

u

You can also reverse all these patterns so they all start on an upward stroke if this doesn’t give you enough to think about.

Preview 09:40
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What happens to the left hand?
3 Lectures 14:19

Your Left Hand

Please follow the video instruction to see how to use your left hand.

This works for right-handed people but for sinister people please reverse the instructions.

Working on your left hand (or the hand that touches the drum skin)
05:54

Playing melodically on the Bodhran is not only possible but a good thing to do I believe.

It certainly surprises other musicians!

There are many ways to create to raising and lowering of pitch and I demonstrate many in the video.

How to play melodically and follow the tune
05:36

Thanks for banging the drum with me, don't forget to leave some feedback and do let me know if you would like any more.I have so much more to show you with this drum so do let me know please.

Ben

Preview 02:49
About the Instructor
Ben Hewlett
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Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

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Please note I am your HARMONICA SPECIALIST - that is my main focus.

Please see my copyright policy at the bottom of this page.

**NEW** My interest in sound and travel has also led me to do some live workshops on English conversation and pronunciation (in Vietnam) and so I am now starting to create some Udemy courses on that subject.

I always give current students a 75% discount on everything so if you take one course you are 'in my exclusive discount club' which means I will tell you every month what's new and where the discounts are.

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 now have a few Celtic music courses for you, and English pronunciation as well.

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?

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

*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996

*Lousy at speelling - 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'

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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 300 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.

COPYRIGHT POLICY

Respect and thanks to all the artists for writing and performing these amazing songs that you want to learn.

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 (extracts)

I quote:

 "Not more than 5% of a work may be copied under this section by or on behalf of an educational establishment in any period of 12 months, and for these purposes a work, which incorporates another work is to be treated as a single work. 

Fair dealing with a work for the purposes of private study does not infringe any copyright in the work.”

So 

Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.

Any written transcriptions are written by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

Any audio backing tracks are written and recorded by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

If you are a copyright holder and feel I have used too much of your work please contact me on benhewlett@me.com or 07973284366 and I will remove whatever you feel is inapropriate without question.