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Paul Brady June 4, 2009 at 4:06 am

Hi Michelle,
I really appreciate your videos – they are now my main guide to learning the Bodhran.
I was wondering where days 2 – 6 are for the 7 rhythms in 7 days – I’ve only found the first one (Mother of all Jig Rhythms) and the last one Jig solo.

Or am I being dumb?

Kind regards and please keep doing the videos –

Scott July 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Outstanding site! Waiting for more content. :-)

Susan Kamuf October 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

I am wanting to buy a bodhran but all the online information is confusing. What is a reliable source for purchasing a bodhran?

Anne November 8, 2009 at 12:15 am

This notation is very easy to read for me as a beginner. I am just getting my feet wet with the bodhran so I’m not entirely sure what the usual for notation is. I like how you have separated the two phrases within a measure (close parenthesis mark). Between those marks and the “no stroke” dashes you convey all the information actual notes would. The only place I stumble over reading is recognizing the difference between the soft strokes (smallest arrows) and the middle volume strokes (medium arrows) when they are not next to each other for comparison. Maybe the small arrows could be thinner lines?

You are very generous with your knowledge and the best resource I’ve found. Thanks!

John Moynihan February 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Michelle, being a snare drummer and instructor, as am I, I’m sure you will agree that the substitution of arrows for notes does the beginning student a disservice by not teaching musical notes. I’ve found that notation for bodhran music can be easily understood by using the standard drum notation (triplets for 6/8 jigs, sixteenth notes for reels) with a couple of additions:
1. instead of R and L stick notations under the staff, the up and down arrows can be placed here. It is probably not necessary to note every stroke as up or down, some can be implied.
2. accents can be noted the musically correct way, with > over the appropriate note.
3. as for pitch changes with the left hand, why not use the 5 lines or 4 spaces in the staff to indicate tonal changes, much the same as you would if writing for multi-tenors or split bass drum parts?
Love your site, and I’m enjoying your bodhran video’s. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
John Moynihan

Greg Spear April 20, 2010 at 5:59 am

In response to John Moynihan’s comments about notation, I would like to say that this seems like the old dispute between the “classically trained” musician and the musician who plays “by ear”: “Can you read music?” “Not enough to hurt my playing.” :-) Actually, Traditional Irish Music (TDM) is usually taught “by ear” and it’s been my experience that many new players in slow sessions who are playing “from the dots” have a challenge weaning themselves off the book. I think the graphical representation Michelle presents helps make the transition to playing the bodhran faster and easier. Perhaps the “notation” John is speaking of can be a project he can do to augment the learning of those who prefer that format.

For myself, I would be interested in seeing how Michelle would represent using the top of the tipper as in a roll.

HeatherG May 27, 2010 at 11:48 am

I find the notation easy to follow. Are you planning to put out additional pages?

Lugene DeLozier August 3, 2010 at 8:17 am

Michelle–I love your videos. You are an inspiration.

Ash May 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Love your videos! I think the notation is great. I can’t seem to wrap my bran around standard music notation so this is very helpful! I wish it could all be written this way. With this, players of all ages and backgrounds and language skills can work towards proficienty with this beautiful instrument :)

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