A Creative Approach to The Irish Bodhran Autumn 2019 - 6 Week Drumming Course for All Abilities

Sat Nov 09 2019 at 11:00 am to Sat Dec 14 2019 at 12:30 pm
Westminster Music Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, United Kingdom

Westminster Music Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London, United Kingdom

Created By:
Ruairi Glasheen
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The Bodhrán, the heartbeat of Irish music, is an ancient drum made from wood and goatskin and beaten with a wooden stick. After ten sold out courses in London since 2015, this fun and inclusive six-week course led by Irish percussionist Ruairi Glasheen returns to explore the history of this dynamic instrument and a range of technical and musical skills required to play the Bodhrán.. 

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The course will cover : 

The history of the Bodhrán, how they are made and how to look after your Bodhrán

Technique: how to hold your Bodhrán, tipper, development of different strokes and exploration of various playing positions.

Jig, reel, syncopated patterns and irregular time signatures. Patterns will be taught with a begginer, intermediate and advanced options.

A wide variety of techniques to improve rhythm and pulse in a fun and inclusive enviroment


* Saturday 9th November- 11:00-12:30pm

* Saturday 16th November - 11:00-12:30pm

* Saturday 23rd November - 11:00-12:30pm

* Saturday 30th November - 11:00-12:30pm

* Saturday 7th December - 11:00-12:30pm

* Saturday 14th December - 11:00-12:30pm

Tutorials and one on one lessons arranged on Saturdays mornings before or after the session.


160 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 9UD

5 minute walk from Victoria train station

2 minute walk from Victoria coach station

This course will cater for complete beginners and improvers of all ages. Under 16's will need to attend with a parent/carer.

Drums will be available for use during the workshop or bring your own drum!

All course material and weekly video tutorials provided

Heres what participants had to say... 

"I liked the steady progression through each of the days, with enough to challenge me but not to put me off... Having the videos to help with practice during the week was excellent, because I'd often forgotten the patterns"

"It was fun and relaxed and no one had any need to be nervous as it was very inclusive and you weren't put on the spot"

"Ruairi really pushed us which is a great skill for a teacher to encourage their students to reach higher than they could have imagined but without pressure. Great job!"
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