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We offer outstanding tunable and pre-tuned bodhrans.  Among our tunable bodhrans we offer two types, external and internal tuned drums.  Our World Beat® Bodhran by Latin Percussion Music® has internal tuning.  And our bodhrans by Mid-East Manufacturers® has internal tuning.  As with every drum you get from us, your SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED.

16" T-bar Bodhran, Internal Tuning

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16" Deep-shell Bodhran, Internal Tuning

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17" T-bar Bodhran, Internal Tuning

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Bodhran Instruction

Bodhran instruction

Basic Playing Technique

The circular frame of the World Beat Bodhran is supported by a cross section, which the player can hold while playing.   Most commonly, the bodhran is played by either holding the cross section with one hand & beating the head with the other hand; or tucking the drum between the one arm and the chest so the free hand can beat & play the head. 

The head can be struck with the bare hand, fingers or tipper ( a double-headed stick; also known as a  beater or cipin, which is the Gaelic word for kindling).

The hand using the tipper can strike in a variety of ways, such as rotating the forearms so that the tipper tips side-to-side or bouncing/striking the tipper upon the head.   Click to learn more about playing the bodhran.

 Bodhran's Basic Background

The Bodhran (pronounced "bow-ron") are frame drums of Celtic origin. 

The bodhran is a very resonant & relatively simple Irish frame drum, which was originally used as a husk sifter: that is, as a pan-like device to to shake the husks off grains. Gaelic peasants first converted the sifter to a musical instrument by replacing its wire mesh head with stretched goat skin.

The bodhran is a distinct & unique drum, which is at the heart of the contemporary playing of traditional Irish music, yet it's only been outside of Southwest Ireland since 1960's.

 

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