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Bodhran Lessons

The bodhran is a type of drum that originated in Ireland. The use of the word to describe a drum can be traced back to the 17th Century.

The bodhran is a basic drum similar to other frame drums played widely across northern Africa and the Middle East. The drum is typically played with a bare hand, and experienced a resurgence along with Irish traditional music in the 1960s. At that time, it was extensively used by internationally known musicians such as Sean Ó Riada and The Chieftains.

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Certified Bodhran Teachers

TakeLessons has a selection of the best bodhran teachers available, all of whom are background-checked and certified for their education credentials.

In order to provide you with a diverse number of learning options, we provide at-home, in-studio, and online bodhran lessons for our learners. Through our platform, you’ll be able to browse through profiles of our teachers, picking one with the teaching experience, rate, and teaching location that works perfectly for you. Although rates vary, the typical 60-minute bodhran lesson costs $57.

We make connecting with the right teacher and setting up your learning schedule super easy. Get started with bodhran lessons right away!

Online Bodhran Lessons for All Ages

Bodhran is a great instrument to learn at any age. Our platform provides educational experiences for young kids, teens, adults, and even seniors.

A great example is our bodhran lessons for kids which help your child gain an appreciation of traditional bodhran songs while also learning practical techniques. Our lessons for children can be taken online, in a studio, or even at home, allowing you to fit bodhran lessons into your family’s busy schedule

Adults and seniors will also find the best online bodhran lessons (and in-person sessions) on a flexible and user-friendly platform. Sign up today!

Bodhran Lessons for All Levels

Bodhran lessons are a key part of learning this percussion instrument. Learners from absolute beginners to advanced players will find educational opportunities on TakeLessons.

Our selection of bodhran lessons for beginners helps newbies gain a fundamental understanding of rhythm as they learn their first few songs. As you progress, our bodhran teachers allow you to level up your skills with each session, taking your skills far above where you started. Soon you’ll be playing like a master.

Signing up for the best online bodhran lessons and in-person coaching is made easy with TakeLessons. Start your learning journey today!

Bodhran Lessons Curriculum

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Bodhran Lessons

  • History of the bodhran
  • Basic rhythms
  • First songs
  • Core hand movements
  • Holding a bodhran

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Bodhran Lessons

  • Controlling pitch and timbre
  • Playing with a group
  • Downstroke and upstroke
  • More bodhran styles

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Bodhran Lessons

  • Playing with a band
  • Complex rhythms
  • Syncopation
  • Advanced music theory

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Learning bodhran doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Effective bodhran lessons designed around your learning style and needs are more accessible than ever. TakeLessons offers the best online bodhran lessons and in-person learning money can buy, all backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Sign up today and get started on your learning journey!

Is it hard to learn the bodhran?

The bodhran is fairly easy to start learning. As you begin playing more complex rhythms, the hand movements can be a bit tricky. These movements are essential to controlling the pitch and timbre of the bodhran, which help you get the sound just right. Great bodhran teachers help you master these hand movements and control the instrument. Finding an effective, certified teacher can be hard, however. A platform such as TakeLessons allows you to find great teachers with a click of a button.

How long does it take to learn the bodhran?

You can learn the basics of the bodhran in a few days' time. The easiest rhythms and playing styles are accessible to new learners, allowing you to have fun right off the bat. Learning more complex skills and rhythms, though, will take consistent practice. A few hours of practice each day will set you in the right place. Supplementing your practice with guidance from great bodhran teachers and the best online bodhran lessons will help you learn even faster.

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