Jig Solo With FREE Downloadable Drum Notation

Please click here to get the pdf of the drum music for page one of this bodhran solo. I thought you might like the visual aid. I am still tweaking my music notation format so I would really appreciate any feedback from you.

Would you also like to see it in proper music notation (eg. eighth notes, etc)?
H = High Pitch – Pushing In / Shortening Distance Between Back Hand And Tipper
M = Medium Pitch – Gentle Hand Pressure / Medium Distance Between Back Hand / Tipper
L = Low Pitch – Hand Just Touching But Without Pressure / Furthest Distance From Back Hand / Tipper


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Darrelyn Marx March 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Are there more pages to this wonderful jig solo?

Susan Okaty March 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

Michelle, I love this video with the PDF. So easy to follow as I watch you. I would love to have the rest of it and see how the rim shots are notated. I am loving all your videos. Just got my drum a week ago, and thanks to you, I am doing triplets! You make an old woman happy.

Les Singleton May 24, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hi Michelle, we have a thriving music heritage here in Derbyshire, with LOTS of local gigs. I play the bodhran (you can see me doing an accompaniment here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jjRimyITog&list=PL825A96C2C4606FC7 ) Some sessions are better than others. If you check out my youtube site, and look for the ‘three stags’ playlist, you’ll see what I mean. The sound is good, but the vision isn’t that good, as the pub is fairly dark.
I always struggle to get the true sound of my drum onto a video. It always sounds ‘flat’, even though I can get many notes from it by bending the skin? My drum is a Howard, and uses a ‘fiberskin’ (the sort used on banjos and drum kits).
Glad to see another soul who LOVES their drum, like I do.

Dawn Lange November 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

Hi Michelle,
Thank you so much for all the videos you have posted! I just started playing a few weeks ago and feel like I am already making some great strides with it. It’s so addictive!! I practice for a couple of hours every day. Looking forward to playing with you more!

Tom Daley April 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

You Rock Michelle! From a former teacher to an excellent one. I learn by ear and your videos are so helpful. After searching the web for instruction I found you and am elated to be learning seven rhythms for seven days. I’m on my third rhythm in a month but am not in a hurry. Love picking up my handmade bodhran everyday and learning from you. Everybody ought to play one….it’s good therapy.

Tricia Conroy May 17, 2015 at 6:54 am

Wow.. this is great.. I am just reconnecting to your site.. It is wonderful. I am afraid that my drum’s skin may not be so good. I guess I can just practice for now.
Thank you.

Patty O'Rourke September 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm

I cheated and skipped ahead a day and wow! I love the drum notation. It is fairly intuitive so that even a novice player can comprehend it. I hope to see more pages of this jig in the future. Hooked on playing, thank you for these videos and especially the pdf!

Jim Vaughn February 16, 2016 at 9:10 am

I’m a 71 y/o widower and trying to learn this instrument from your videos, music sheets and playing along with Irish music (as best I can) on Pandora Radio. I find your notation easy enough to follow and have transcribed your first few video lessons into same format for practicing on a notebook or other flat surface when no bodhran is available. I am on waiting list for platinum membership.

I am looking for the other two pages you mention in your video. Are they available?

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