Bodhran Hornpipe Series – Video 1 – Rhythm A

Bodhran Hornpipe Series – Video 2 – Rhythm A – Building The Tempo

Bodhran Hornpipe Series – Video 3 – Rhythm B

Bodhran Hornpipe Series – Video 4 – Rhythm C

Bodhran Hornpipe Series – Video 5 Rhythm D

Video 6 – Dunphy’s Hornpipe Bodhran Rhythm A W/Uilleann Pipes

Video 7 – Dunphy’s Hornpipe Bodhran Rhythm C W/Uilleann Pipes


    Video 8 – Dunphy’s Hornpipe Bodhran Rhythm B W/Uilleann Pipes

    Video 9 – Dunphy’s Hornpipe Bodhran Rhythm B With Music

    Video 10 – How To Play A Bodhran Score Along With Dunphy’s Hornpipe

    Behind The Scenes Of A Bodhran Course

    How The Bodhran Player Met The PussyCat Doll – Behind The Scenes 2

    Behind The Scenes Of A Bodhran Course 3

    My Musical Influences

    My First Bodhran

    Bodhran Solo – Live At The Gaelic College Of Celtic Arts & Crafts
    Cape Breton, Nova Scotia 2009

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    7 Rhythms In 7 Days Bodhran Challenge Video Series Page

    Holding The Tipper

    Amazing Slow Downer

    Mother Of All Jigs Rhythms Part 1

    Mother Of All Jigs Rhythms Part 2

    How To Avoid The Sliding Tipper & Scraping Sound

    Difference Between Tunable and NonTunable Bodhrans

    Bodhran Skin Treatment

    Advanced Jig Rhythm DOWN Down Up

    Triplets & Rolls Using Top Of Tipper Part 1

    Triplets & Rolls Using Top Of Tipper Part 2

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Mac Dodge February 26, 2013 at 5:47 am

Hi Michelle
Thank you so much for the video’s something to be going on with while waiting for your next ‘platinum course’. I found the treatment of the skin with dubbin very successful in softening down the tone of my new shiny Bodhran. I tried to obtain the metronome Korg MA-30 unfortunately it is out of production. It is still listed in many places but when it comes to buying it I am told sorry it’s out of stock or it is no longer available. So, I acquired the successor the Korg MA-1 however I am having difficulty in setting it up, – can you help with this new model?
Please keep up the videos for us beginners they are great and really helpful.

Kind regards


RAY-AL August 14, 2013 at 4:08 am

Thank you for all the instructions. You have a way of making the lessons feel positive.
My life partner and I are both trying to “master” this instrument. Previously discouraged with other teachers, your method/approach has given us hope. We’ve made some progress since applying your technique. Again, thank you.
From North Dumfries, Ontario Canada.

Annie November 16, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Sorry I don’t speak English very well, but, congratulations for your courts, SUPER! I like very much them.
Thank you for sharing your passion. I liked the Irish music, so now, I’m lover with the bodhran!
I hope a day, I can to play with an other musiciens !!
Annie. france (Lyon)

Clive January 24, 2014 at 6:51 am

Hi Michelle, thank you so much for your wonderful website. It’s day 2 of my learning the bodhran. I’ve spent 3 hours per day on practice as I’m determined to master it, although I feel a bit useless at present. I keep playing your solo video as inspiration and motivation. My goal is to be able to go over to Dingle in Ireland and play with the musicians at tommy O’Sullivan’s pub.

MichelleStewart February 5, 2014 at 4:26 am

That’s awesome to hear Clive. Thanks for taking the time to share the start of your bodhran journey. You won’t believe where you’ll be with this incredible instrument a year from now. I love your goal. Keep up the regular practice and have fun with it.

Richard Ross May 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Michelle, thank you for the videos and information on this site. I have no doubt I have Scottish Ancestry and I taught myself to play drums when I was younger, learning to play by ear. Played mostly music from the 60’s & 70’s, as well as Country. We have been fans of Gaelic Storm ever since they came to Dubuque, Iowa for our Celtic Fest. The drum I currently have is a non-tunable one with the “+” in the back. I will probably have to treat the skin because it is tight, but, if I can at least learn to play the bodhran properly I will upgrade to a tunable one. Keep those videos coming. Thanks again.

IAN August 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi Michelle,
Have really learned a lot from all your videos, it is now just a case of putting in all the practice!! I am a complete beginner so i am suffering from the scratchy sounds etc but am determined to get there.
I have registered with you and await notification of your next course, CANNOT WAIT!! I really want to succeed with this! I have been a conventional drummer since i was eight ( now 50’s) but admit to finding this vastly different but exciting. My ultimate goal? PLAY AS WELL AS YOU!! Thank you,

Mike February 18, 2015 at 3:47 am

As a new learner, I’m just loving the courses. Working on the mother this morning as part of the 7 days course. I’m on day three, trying to fit in three half hour practices. The mother made complete sense to me this morning – all the way to top speed without tightening my grip or blattering! Now for the rest of day three. Thanks so much Michelle. Years of wondering if I could. Now I know I can!

Lynn November 24, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hi Michelle,

Your website and videos (and you) are awsome and a godsend! I had been (unsuccessfully, for weeks) trying to find local instructors, when I stumbled onto your site. Just your instruction on paying attention to the breakdown of the wrist movement has really helped me with that scratchy sound and improving my beat control. And knowing that until a new skin is broken in, not to pay too much attention to it, has helped to remove my frustration with it. I’m going to spend a number of weeks just working on my basic strokes and picking up some of the rythyms you have here. And am definitely interested in your platinum membership course in the new year. I’m also looking at spending a summer week (2016) at Gaelic College if I can get all my ducks to line up for it. Thanks for making this learning so much more accessible to areas where trying to find lessons and workshops are challenging. I look forward to the coming year. Best regards,

MichelleStewart December 3, 2015 at 3:56 am

Hi Lynn,
Thank you so much for letting me know how much the videos have helped you. That really means a lot to me. Not too many people take the time to stop and actually write a comment like that so I really appreciate it. If you are wanting to join the 2016 Platinum Class make sure you sign up for the waiting list at right away as I’ll be opening up registration to the VIP waiting list in the next week or so. It would be great to meet you in person at the Gaelic College some time. – Michelle

Anita December 27, 2015 at 2:17 am

Dear Michelle,
I just want to say thank you so very much for these videos! You are incredibly generous and your teaching methods are perfect even for a complete beginner like me ūüėÄ I have wanted to learn a musical instrument for a long time and I’ve experimented with tenor recorder (dreadful), guitar (painful) and keyboards (way too tricky). I showed one of your videos to my class during a music lesson and I was so inspired I thought I’d have a go… well, now I’m hooked and I can’t stop. I LOVE the bodhran and I owe my thanks to you for introducing me to this fantastic instrument.
Best wishes, Anita.

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