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Bodhrán

Instructor:   Lucinda Warnock

Course Description:

Level: 1 – 2  (see Playing Experience Level descriptions at the bottom of the page)

The Bodhrán (BOW-ruhn) is a frame drum, played with a single end or double-ended tipper or beater in one hand while the other hand holds the back of the drum. Although it is typically used as the “heartbeat” of traditional Irish music, Lucinda will show you how it can be played along with various forms of music.

In this Level 1-2 class, we will cover basic position and a variety of playing techniques. Students will leave with several “no fail” approaches, starting with polkas and jigs, and then progressing to reels along other rhythms. A basic understanding of how to use tonal variation using the back hand in playing will also be explained, and a few simple syncopated patterns and ornaments may also be incorporated. Both written notation and ear training will be utilized, so all learning styles are welcome, and both beginners and players who want to brush up on the basics or re-evaluate their technique are invited to join the class.

Please indicate if you will require a bodhrán for this class as Lucinda will have a limited number of extra bodhráns and tippers available.

Lucinda Warnock

Lucinda is a Canadian musician based in Cochrane, Alberta. Over the past 15 years she has enjoyed playing and accompanying many musical styles on the bodhrán, pennywhistles, accordion, and ukulele — traditional, country, folk, contemporary, celtic, roots, bluegrass and gospel. She has performed with individuals and bands both in Canada and Arizona and also has taught bodhrán and pennywhistle workshops and classes at music camps and festivals on both sides of the border.

Lucinda plays several Davey Drum bodhráns and a Rebellion bodhrán.

Website: Lucinda Warnock

Playing Experience Levels

These guidelines aim to ensure that all camp participants have an enjoyable experience. They represent what your playing capability should be before you take the class (prerequisites).

Classes are generally designed to pace themselves to match the participants' abilities. Level 1 classes aim to proceed at the pace of the slower students in the class. Level 2 and 3 classes aim to move at the pace of the majority of students in the class. Level 4 classes are designed to push the capabilities of all students and will target the pace of the more capable students  Class descriptions that show a range (Levels 2-3) means the material presented is broadly applicable across that range.

LEVEL 1: You are new or relatively new to your instrument. You may be able to play basic chords or scales slowly. You want to learn the basics of the instrument. You have very little experience playing with others.

LEVEL 2: You are competent with basic chords and/or basic scales. You can keep rhythm and/or play basic melodies and/or sing and play at the same time if the song is familiar. You generally need the chords or melody to be written out in order to play along. You have some experience playing with others.

LEVEL 3: You are reasonably comfortable with most chords, basic major and minor scales, and can play at an appropriate tempo for songs. You are aware of time signatures, song keys, and know that there are chords called 6th, 7th, 11th, etc even if you can’t play them all. You are comfortable maintaining good rhythm and are willing to taking breaks while jamming with others, even if the breaks don't always turn out the way you planned. You may be hoping to take your playing up to the next level of performing with a group or band (beyond jamming) and you want to further improve your technique and speed.

LEVEL 4: You are skilled on your instrument and have a good understanding of musical concepts including scales, arrangements, harmonies and some improvisation. You play lead and back-up with a steady rhythm and can play skillfully with others. You know there is life further up the neck on your instrument and have some capability in that world. You have performing experience, can hold a tune, and can harmonize.