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Alison Boyd | Bodhran Practice (Slow Sets for Beginners & Practice)

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Bodhran Practice (Slow Sets for Beginners & Practice)

by Alison Boyd

This CD is designed to be a step towards playing the faster tunes. It includes instruction on playing the various rhythms (reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, marches and waltzes), and I have played the tunes slower than usual for learning purposes
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
2:03 album only
2. Reels Intro
0:41 album only
3. Sally Gardens / Swallow's Tail / Mcmahon's: Medley
4:13 album only
4. Silver Spear / Drowsy Maggie
2:36 album only
5. Jigs Intro
3:16 album only
6. Lannigan's Ball / Father O'flynn / March Past of Brian Boru: Medley
3:50 album only
7. Blackthorn Stick / Irish Washerwoman / Rakes of Kildare: Medley
3:34 album only
8. Hornpipes Intro
1:38 album only
9. Boys from Bluehill / Harvest Home
3:49 album only
10. Off to California / Rights of Man
3:47 album only
11. Slip Jigs Intro
3:12 album only
12. Foxhunter's Jig / Rocky Road to Dublin / The Butterfly: Medley
4:08 album only
13. Marches Intro
0:35 album only
14. Lord Mayo / War Hent Karrigouarch
4:10 album only
15. Polkas Intro
0:18 album only
16. Rakes of Mallow / I'll Tell Me Ma / 40 Pound Float: Medley
2:58 album only
17. Pat Horgan's #2 / Siege of Ennis / Rattlin' Bog: Medley
3:33 album only
18. Waltz Intro
0:33 album only
19. Carolan's Welcome
1:32 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I have been giving workshops at festivals for a few years now and am a firm believer that people should be able to walk away afterwards being able to play something. I am tired of “workshops” where the audience doesn’t get to join in and have fun as they learn.

This Bodhran CD is designed to be a step towards playing the faster tunes. It includes instruction on playing the various rhythms (reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, marches and waltzes), and I have played the tunes slower than usual to make it easier to play along with.

It is also suitable for melody instrument players who want to pick up tunes which are likely to be played at sessions.

Some reviews of the CD

I have now listened to your CD three times (the third with drum in hand) I must say I am impressed, the concept has often been bandied about but has until now not been done and you have done it in grand style, "eggs and bacon and sausages" indeed!
This great product would also help learner melody players, your choice of tunes is perfect and the conundrum of Irish music is laid bare for anyone .
Congratulations for lifting an aural tradition into a new dimension.

John McKnowall (bodhran maker in Kyogle NSW)

Bodhrans are everywhere! Now at last there is a way to practice them humanely, without the dirty looks bodhran players tend to get at sessions, (often before the drum even makes it out of its case!) It is a great joy to play with the best musicians in the world from the comfort of your own lounge room. The technique is simple, insert CD, press play, put one ear close to the drum, and with the other ear fixed firmly on the music, just go for it.

For those of you who would like a bit of moral support throughout this period I can thoroughly recommend a bodhran practice CD from the lovely and talented Alison Boyd. The tutor covers all of the basic rhythms, giving them juicy phonetic nicknames such as "sausages bacon & eggs". A great selection of common session tunes are first played at half pace then punched up towards full speed, and all is explained with such delicious simplicity that even a drummer could understand it!

John McKnowall (edited from an article in Trad & Now - Autumn 2003)

I've not heard one like that before so it was a nice change and something I feel could be invaluable to beginners in the future.

Bodhráness Catherine - The Bodhrán Forum

Your CD is great. It's a real help and I find it particularly good for a beginner.

Don (New Zealand)

I got the CD today, and it is GREAT! I really had fun to have drum in hand, and I have to say it was the easiest drum instruction to understand that I've heard.
I was delighted with the easy and uncomplicated way Alison introduced each rhythm pattern with her own sense of fun and humor. I've watched instruction videos for the bodhran that were much less helpful than this simple CD of rhythm mnemonics and tunes. The pace of the tunes is slow enough for any beginner to follow on the drum or other instrument, but fast enough to be fun.

I think you are going to have a lot of bodhran student fans around the world.

Alice (USA)



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