Can you play the bodhran and sing at the same time? And other questions
Hi. Just found this site and having read some of the entertaining discussions I’d like to know if anyone can give me some advice. Firstly I’m a singer (please don’t bite my head off- I know we’re not considered ‘real’ musicians but we love it just the same) and, as an alternative to singing unaccompanied (which can be a bit lonesome) I’ve recently had - following my husbands joking suggestion- the brainwave to actually learn to play the bodhran as a way of accompanying myself and lifting the song. I hasten to add I’m also going to ask a friend whose great on the guitar to join me and maybe add a bit of harmonjy at the same time. I have been listening to some songs ‘as gaeilge’ (Suffolk blowin, Ireland born and bred) and the bodhran tone and rhythm adds a wonderful energy to the music. And as I havn’t met anyone her who plays one, why not give it a go myself!
The thing is is it possible to sing properly and play the bodhran at the same time?
Also, is it very hard to teach yourself?
As for the bodhran itself , having read about the O’Kanes and Davys of this world in some of the discussions, I suspect my fifty quid won’t get me far. The local music shop is selling some at that price- is it a waste of money? And there are different sizes and ‘beaters’ as well??? Clearly I have alot to learn.