Bodhran Lern-CD-ROM (Frank Torpey, Nomos)

"...not only is Frank a compelling performer and a truly exciting bodhran player, he is also an inspirational and experienced teacher. This is the best bodhran tutor available..."
- Mel Mercier, Head of Ethnomusicology, University College Cork

Learn to play the bodhran with our CD ROM bodhran tutorial. Bodhran instruction is provided by our bodhran tutor Frank Torpey. Video and audio files combine with music notation, text and photos to make the learning process as easy as possible.

Frank Torpey is a founding member of the group Nomos. He has been Bodhrán Tutor at University College Cork since 1992 and has taught widely in Ireland, the United States and Europe.

The tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The bodhran tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor.


In the beginners' section Frank demonstrates the basic skills necessary to get you started on the Bodhrán. Simple rhythmic patterns for jigs and reels are then introduced. These patterns are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and they are then used to accompany tunes played at a medium pace so that you can play along.

Topics Covered:

Pop-up Video Screens
Reading Music
Holding the Drum and Stick
Concise Wrist Technique
Simple Jig and Reel Patterns
Producing Tones with the Left Hand
Tones and Triplets in Reel Time
Tones and Triplets in Jig Time
How to Establish a Motor Rhythm


The advanced section features characteristic techniques of Frank's innovative style. These techniques, once learned, will give you the skills necessary to develop your own personal sound.

Topics Covered:

Motor Rhythms
Additional Triplets
‘Swing’ Rhythms
Fluid Tonal Movement