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Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?

Sleepy Rosie 19 Feb 09 - 02:28 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 19 Feb 09 - 04:50 AM
GUEST,Ian cookieless 19 Feb 09 - 05:10 AM
GUEST,Jack Campin 19 Feb 09 - 05:29 AM
Sleepy Rosie 19 Feb 09 - 09:30 AM
artbrooks 19 Feb 09 - 10:08 AM
JohnB 19 Feb 09 - 10:41 AM
Mr Red 19 Feb 09 - 12:16 PM
Sleepy Rosie 19 Feb 09 - 01:19 PM
VirginiaTam 19 Feb 09 - 01:50 PM
gnu 03 Aug 09 - 01:59 PM
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Subject: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 02:28 AM

I will have a Bodhran at my indefinite disposal shortly, and thought it would be worth learning to play for occasional self-accompaniment.

I really like CD-Roms for learning stuff, I enjoy the interactive nature and the combination of video with text and exercises..

I wondered if there was a Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor out there which anyone would happily recommend to a complete beginner?

Ta, Rosie


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 04:50 AM

There's a tutorial CD put out by Mad For Trad, though their website http://www.madfortrad.com seems to be down at the moment. But it's available from various online sources if you google around. More info here:

http://www.claddaghrecords.com/www/product.asp?pID=1466

http://www.dervish.ie/tutorials_files/bodhran.htm

http://www.drumdojo.com/bodhran_torpey.htm


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: GUEST,Ian cookieless
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 05:10 AM

Steafan Hannigan has an excellent book/DVD, available here and at various other places.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 05:29 AM

What a great idea.

Insert midddle finger of right of left hand through the centre hole of the CD-ROM. Grip a toothpick between finger and thumb of the right hand. Strike downwards with the top of the toothpick...


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 09:30 AM

Altnernatively I could just do away with all such technological 'press button' nonsense, and offer sacrifices on the blood of my Irish ancestors tombs (travelling musicians apparantly). And summon up some proper instruction from the authentic source..

Seriously, I have actually seen a couple of Bodhron CD-Roms advertised, including the one above, and wondered if anyone knew what they were like.
Having now seen the review of the 'Mad For Trad' CD-Rom, seems like it might possibly be worth a look. Though not sure, as it'll be cheaper to go down other Book/CD/DVD routes.


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: artbrooks
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:08 AM

I got a good one a few years ago from Mudcatter Alison (Alison Boyd). It is called "Slow Sets for Beginners and Practice". You might PM her and see if she still has some.


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: JohnB
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 10:41 AM

Steafan Hannigan, great player, brilliant teacher, and a really nice guy too.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 12:16 PM

accompanying self - hmmmmmm. If you play another instrument and sing, it should be straight-forward. If not, good luck. I do it rarely and practice would improve it.

Apart from the old adage - there is no proper way to hold the beater - I was told that my wrist action was "correct". Purely intuitive but I found it easier to control, or stop on a sixpence, as it were. The trick was to twist at the elbow. The wrist only moves in cosort with the forearm, the joint doesn't move per se. Of course little flourishes come from the wrist but the major motor action is a rotation of the forearm from the elbow. The way I hold the beater makes this more a necesity but keep the wheeze in mind.

Oh, and it is not always the notes you hit, they are obvious (even the off beat), it is the notes you can miss-out that make it interesting. IMHO.

And I tune, because I care!


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 01:19 PM

""Slow Sets for Beginners and Practice". You might PM her and see if she still has some."

Well, interestingly enough, it seems another good Catperson has offered to send me a redundant copy of this same disc!
Good 'ere innit?

And Mr. Red, no I'm not proficient in the least in any instrument. Though I keep meaning to get on with the mandolin I have (and err, a couple of other things which I still have failed to tackle.).

With regard drumming in particular, I did have a go at djembe for a bit - and I got a taste for the vibe of drum, but the multi-part African rythms for djembe, made it less interesting to do for myself. Being a bit of a 'me, myself and I' kinda girl, I dislike feeling reliant on others (hence the Damascene revelation that discovering English trad. song has been.) The other thing that appeals with drum accompaniament, is it can be very minimal. And I like that idea in relation to the naked honesty of unaccompanied song.

So hopefully I could use it more as an 'accent'/'drama' or even 'interludes' to the song, where it worked - rather than the dominant feature being the instrument/music and the voice/song being secondary to the music/instrument.

Well, maybe Bodhran will work for me. It seems to tick enough boxes thus far.


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 01:50 PM

I have a Steafan Hannigan Botherin DVD you can borrow. If you need a DVD player as well, I've got a spare one.

Botherin is just hanging on the wall too. A birthday prezzie for my honeyman, he has not yet taken up. But don't think I can lend that.


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Subject: RE: Bodhran CD-Rom Tutor for Beginners?
From: gnu
Date: 03 Aug 09 - 01:59 PM

Re Steafan Hannigan. Is the DVD the same as the old VHS?

Which, BTW, was good right up until he got a tad too up-down-up-up-down-down.... Don't get me wrong - it's the best I have ever seen, but, after the basics, if the flow doesn't come naturally, no amount of "technical UpDown" is gonna teach anything. (Yes, I could be wrong.)


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