Has anyone tried the online tutorials at www.oaim.ie? I started the Bodhran series and it seems to be good. Though there may be other online teachers out there? What have the folks here seen? Being in North Carolina USA there are not a lot of Bodhran players to get instruction/ideas from.

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Hi Lee. I have done some of the fiddle lessons on OAIM and find them very good. Tunes broken down nicely with some variations thrown in. Don't know much about the art of bodhran playing but would imagine them to be up to the same level. I also came across the attached which I did a blog about some time back. Might be worth checking out http://bodhranexpert.com/

Not so sure about on line ones as I've only tried one, but I would highly recommend Steafan Hannigan' s & Eamonn Murray's DVD's.

The Tommy Hayes one is good too but he uses a weird tipper technique


I love that site! especially because I play multiple instruments (with varrying degree of proficiency)...

The courses that I've viewed are pretty informative and well structured, and I've noticed some of the instructors are members of tradconnect...pretty cool.

Can't beat the price if you play multiple instruments...It would cost a bundle to get the same from private instructors.

I've only had a full membership for a month, but I've worked through the first series in Whistle basics, Tenor Banjo (I play mandolin) , Bouzouki Accompaniment, and I'm currently working through the bodhran course...

Many of the courses, especially WHistle Basics and Bouzouki are quite basic/beginner classes.  A little too much so for me personally, but since I'm largely self taught, I figured that starting from the basics might help me to correct some bad habits in my playing...plus it's always nice to see other musicians' interpretation of the tunes/aproach thier instruments/technique (especially bouzouki).

I would love to see a guitar accompaniment course in DADGAD and standard tuning...

However..I must say that my greatest tool for learning tunes has been a combination of..

www.thesession.org + www.youtube.com + constant listening on my iPod (usually multiple recordings of the same tune by different musicians on differnt instruments until Ican hum the tune in my sleep.)




Realized that I lost site of the overall theme of the group....


The OAIM Bodhran course is great!


Thanks for this info, Mike. I'm on the waiting list for the course, having made good use of the free instruction from Michelle on You Tube. I am a bodhran newbie having only begun to play in early January. But I practise daily and love it! I need some structured instruction,however, and was hoping that's what Michelle's course would offer. I have used the free online tutorials offered by OAIM but they were at a beginner beginning level, which I've moved beyond. I have been waiting quite awhile for Michelle's course to reopen and I think this is a bit of hype to create a feeding frenzy when it does reopen. She hasn't given a specific date and there is no posting of price so I'd be curious how much you paid.

I have also been using Bill Woods books and CD's - Bodhran - The Basics and Beyond the Basics. He provides lots of good practice exercises but overall, the course is dry and not personally engaging.

Perhaps, I should try the OAIM bodhran course. Can anyone tell me how the course is structured and to what level it takes the student??

Would you mind telling me how the course is structured and to what level it takes the student?

Michelle, I'll go into more detail about the course to see if it's for you, in a PM, but you have to accept a "friend" request before I can PM you, apparently.

We're now "friends"! I look forward to your info about the course. Thanks.



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