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Bodhrán Books and Tutors

There are an historical book and several tutors available for the bodhran.

The Book

The Lambeg and the Bodhran: Drums of Ireland
by Rina Schiller
Ethnomusicologist Rina Schiller presents every aspect of Ireland’s two most commonly used drums, from how they are constructed to how to play them to myths and lore that have developed around them. History of Irish music buffs will find high fascination in these pages.

The Tutors

The Bodhran: An Easy to Learn Method for the Complete Beginner Showing the Different Regional Styles and Techniques by: Michael O'Suilleabhain, The BodhránThe Bodhran: An Easy to Learn Method for the Complete Beginner Showing the Different Regional Styles and Techniques
by Michael O'Suilleabhain
This book includes an introduction, history of the instrument, and basic and intermediate playing techniques.

Absolute Beginner's Bodhran Tutor by Conor Long, BodhránAbsolute Beginner's Bodhran Tutor
by Conor Long
This inexpensive set contains a booklet that takes you through the basics—choosing a bodhran, holding the beater, playing position, reading bodhran tablature, session playing, playing exercises with a variety of tunes—and a CD so you can hear how the tunes should sound.

Bodhran, Bones & Spoons (VHS only)
by Tommy Hayes
This rarity, showing bodhrán legend Tommy Hayes, is frequently available for purchase. The video covers a lot of ground in 1¾ hours, including classics techniques as well as some shown for the first time on this video. Sitting in with Tommy to show students how it’s done are Steve Cooney on guitar and Charlie Lennon on fiddle, plus Cormac Breathnach on tin whistle and Gerry O'Connor playing banjo.

The Bodhran Book by Steafan Hannigan, BodhránThe Bodhran Book
by Steafan Hannigan
This book by bodhrán master Steafan Hannigan can step you through varied techniques through detailed instructions. Each of the various types of traditional dance music pieces is covered, with suggestions as to the best accompaniment for each type.