Bodhran Lesson: Secret To Playing With Dynamics Part 1

by MichelleStewart on January 11, 2009

This video explains the Basic Strokes required to play with control.  A must see for those wanting to learn how to play softly


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Rachel January 17, 2009 at 11:13 pm

This is a really helpful video! I’d love to see more.

Ruth Rayburn January 28, 2009 at 6:35 am

I am a beginner and appreciate your lessons, Thanks Ruth

Heather February 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

Thanks alot for this. very helpful for me to get back to basics. Im teaching some kids and its useful to go back to the beginning!

Steafan Hannigan March 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Great work here
Hopefully we will get to meet up now that I am in Canada

conor April 15, 2009 at 8:41 am


Thanks for providing this lesson, was wondering why i sounded so loud! Now if I can just stop the scratching I´ll be happy 🙂

Keep up the good work!

John June 28, 2009 at 10:52 am


I quite picky when choosing material to learn from; way too many who can do but cannot teach. I’ve found your videos very, very helpful. You explain well. Thanks.

Larry Erdman July 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

This is so much fun. Finally, having someone to show me the ropes. Just sat for the last hour with my clip board and wooden skewers and practiced. Wife is pretty sure I’ve gone off the deep end this time.

Maureen August 1, 2009 at 1:55 pm


Thank you so very very much for these lessons. I am a beginner and although I had an excellent book I wasn’t sure I was getting it right. I think you are an excellent teacher and your obvios love of this drum is evident in your teaching style. I feel more confident now I’ve found your videos.
Thanks again

Tom Satterly October 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Hi Michelle,

What a find! Thank you for making the time to share your skill playing the bodhran.
For 20 plus years, I have been learning to play the drum I received as a gift from my wife. It will be a delight to set off on new lessons and unlearn some old ones.

Again, thank you most kindly.

Lugene DeLozier July 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

You have helped more in a few lessons than anyone else has. Thank you so much. Keep up the excellent work!

For the first time, I actually am excited to practice! Lugene in PA.

margaret August 29, 2010 at 5:28 am

michelle you are a gifted teacher! thank you so much for posting these videos 🙂

Mo December 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

Hi Michelle
I took my bodhran down off the wall and have had one or two evening class lessons, but your site has been fantastic in giving me the building blocks for learning to play. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be!!

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