The bodhran is the heartbeat of Celtic music. Polish your skills with renowned musician Steafan Hannigan.
Renowned Irish musician Steafan Hannigan published The Bodhran Book in 1991, a primary and acclaimed resource for students of the Irish frame drum, which has made its way into sessions throughout the world. Take this opportunity to learn from a true vine musician who has brought the bodhran forward to mass audiences and new musical genres. Our Period 2 class "Bodhran for Beginners" is recommended as an entry-level pathway for this class, but all levels of student are welcome.
Steafan teaches 4 distinct styles: Double stick, Single stick, stick and loop, and Hand styles
If you're a complete beginner, Steafan will show you how to hold the instrument correctly to develop the best sound and technique.
If you're more experienced, he'll show you how to use rhythm, syncopation, ornamentation and skin tones to progress from traditional Celtic dance accompaniments to more contemporary sounds
Over the week you will learn how to hold the instrument, how to choose drums and sticks, how to develop good stick technique, and how to teach the instrument.
Day 1 Simple Reels
Day 2 Simple Jigs
Day 3 Complex Reels and Hornpipes
Day 4 Complex Jigs and Slip jigs
Day 5 Polkas, Mazurkas Marches Waltzes and recap
Audio music sheets / tab will be provided as downloads - but the book is pretty good too! Limited availability in the Common Ground Store.