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WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE, IN YOUR OWN TIME


The course has been designed with the bodhrán player in mind. Work through 8 modules of content at your own speed, and in your own time. We start at the very beginning working through the fundamentals, tonal hand, reels, jigs and a range of dynamic technical and music exercises.

SPECIALLY RECORDED PRACTICE TRACKS


One of biggest challenges for a beginner bodhrán player is finding suitable music to practice with. I’ve recorded 4 tracks comprising 7 tunes in total especially for this course and together I’ll take you through a selection of brilliant patterns so you can play along with confidence. The tracks feature Aleksandra Henszel on flute and whistle, and Dave Dellare on guitar.

OVER 4 HOURS OF VIDEO CONTENT


The course includes over 4 hours of broadcast quality video content in 4k with both front and side camera angels to demonstrate playing and tonal hands at work. The course includes 42 videos in total. On screen graphics are also provided to help you visualise the patterns in practice.

How to Play Bodhran: Begin Your Journey Course Curriculum


  CH 1 : Introduction
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  CH 2 : The Fundamentals of Playing Bodhrán
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  CH 3 :Introducing the Tonal Hand
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  CH 4 : Fundamentals and Tonal Hand in Practice : Bear Dance
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  CH 5 : Playing Reels on Bodhrán : Joe Cooleys Reel into Drowsey Maggie
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  Playing Jigs on Bodhrán : St Patricks Day into Garryowen
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  CH 7. Developing Jigs on Bodhrán : The Swallowtail Jig & The Blackthorn Stick
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  CH 8 - Wrapping Up
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MEET YOUR TEACHER


Ruairi Glasheen is an award-winning percussionist, composer and film maker based in London. Obsessed by drums and rhythm from an early age, he made his musical debut on the Irish bodhran at the age of 4. In 2013, Ruairi graduated from The Royal College of Music with 1st Class Honours and recipient of the President’s Award from HRH Prince Charles.

Ruairi leads a truly diverse career in music. He performs with numerous artists and ensembles, collaborates with arts organisations to create high impact and inclusive education projects and is in demand as a presenter, workshop leader and facilitator.

Find out more about Ruairi at www.RuairiGlasheen.net

HERES WHAT COURSE PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY... 



I am enjoying and getting so much out of your bodhrán course thanks so much for offering this amazing insight and foundation of playing skills needed for my bodhrán playing. The course is fantastic value it would cost me 10 time more to get a fraction of this skill set.

John, Queensland Australia


About a year ago, I enrolled in your online bodhrán course, and it has been an invaluable learning resource. The chapters are exceptionally well organised and easy to follow—challenging yet fun and achievable! Ruairi, your teaching method is incredibly effective, bring on the intermediate course!

Aisling, Wicklow, Ireland


I’m so glad I enrolled in How to Play Bodhrán: Begin Your Journey, as the journey did begin for me, and here I am 18 months later playing bodhrán at my local pub’s Irish session on a Thursday night! 

Paul, Leeds, United Kingdom