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The Advantages Of A Tuneable Bodhrán by The Bodhrán Maker

People often buy tuneable bodhrans without knowing the advantages of being able to adjust the tension of the skin. Obviously they learn eventually but, if you're not sure have a look at the video I made below, I have tried to cover everything in it. Basically the goatskin is suseptable to humidity and as such the tension can vary. If the humidity is too high the skin gets loose. If...

How long does it take to make a great bodhrán drum?

How long is a piece of string?! The truth is, it could be any length but if we break down the different processes and put a time on them we can come to some reasonable answer to that question.   The cureing of the goatskin; It takes 6 to 7 days to lime the skin in a bucket and then it will need to be pickeled in brine for two...

The Best Bodhrán Drums to Buy?

What makes a real bodhrán? It's a great question, in fact it is the most important question every bodhrán player, new or seasoned, asks themselves when choosing to purchase one.  If you would like to buy a bodhrán you can visit my store here For me, for 34 years I have researched, tinkered and hammered away trying to figure what exactly makes a great bodhrán beat. You could say I...

The Bodhrán

The History of The Bodhrán By Paraic McNeela (The Bodhrán Maker)   Every year I give a lecture in DCU (Dublin City University) on the topic of The Bodhrán.  The fun thing I like to do at the start, to grab the students attention, is to say "The facts you are about to hear are all lies".  That of course is not true, but over the years if there is...
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