Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Beat of the Bodhran
When I accepted The Versatile Blogger Award, one of the requirements was to list 7 things about myself. I revealed I was learning to play the bodhran.
I had several comments asking me, "What is a bodhran?"....this is my response.
I'm a wee bit on the shy side.
While searching for my "Mac" ancestors, I decided I wanted to learn some Scottish music using my guitar.
That step lead me to the bodhran.
In a sitting position, I use this crossbar to hold it while resting the bodhran on my right thigh. The tipper is held in my left hand, like holding a writing pen, and you brush up and down over the goat skin top.
My guitar teacher and I are learning together.
I ordered the bodhran from Ireland....yes, I know, I did say Scottish music. The Irish also use the same instrument in their music.
If you would like to hear the sound of the instrument, click on the above YouTube. You might, just as I have, fall in love with the sound.
You will often hear celtic musicians with this instrument in their group. The Corries, no longer performing, are still well-known in Scotland for their traditional music.