Rhythmus of 2 beats.
If you want to clap the first speed you speak only one syllable for each clap (quater): TA und dann KA.
2. speed (quaver) means 2 Rhythm-syllables per Clap "TAKA", 3. speed (16th notes) means 4 Rhythm-syllables: "TAKA TAKA" .
TA KI TA
3 Beats are more tricky:
1. speed: Every clap and the open gesture equals one syllable: TAKITA
2. Clap and speak TA, while move over to next clap you say KI, second clap KA, moving to open gesture TA, open gesture KI, move over to first clap KA....
Syllables for Counting
1 = TA
2 = TA KA
3 = TA KI TA
4 = TA KA DI MI oder TA KE TI NA
5 = TA KA TA KI TA oder TA KI TA TA KA
6 = TA KI TA TA KI TA
7 = TA KA DI MI TA KI TA oder TA KI TA TA KA DI MI
8 = TA KA DI MI TA KA JU NO
phonetic rhythm syllables
(Seite 30, BodhránReader)
For a better understanding of patterns we work with rhythm syllables that sound a little bit like the drumming.
Dhum ie. is a base sound, Tak light or high beat, Clack a rim shot etc...
More details in the book...
Tools and Software
Easy to use metronome. you can adjust the sound.
One of the best metronomes as app for Android and iOS. Beside changing beats and tempo, this tool knows subdivisions and polyrhythms in the paid version. You can use the TAP area to train holding the beat or just use it to set the tempo.
Notation programme with powerful commands and easy access. Very charming is the function to play sound. I wrote an own pallet of symbols for bodhrán.
On this page you find MuseScore files, but PDF as well.
Amazing Slow Downer
program to slow a tune down without changing the pitch. Good sound quality. Very good while practicing.
The mobile version differs very much from the version of windows.
We will use a notation that is strogly related to those of other percussion instruments. It is based on Behnam Samani's notation for Daf and Tombak. (Page 14, BodhránFibel)
There is another way of writing on the internet which is used by a strong majority of bodhranii.
Instruction: d = down | D = accent down | u = up | U = accent up | % = repeat bar
Sample: ||: Dud Dud du | % | % | dd uu du du :||
Crotchets will be written with - dargestellt, so that a quaver has been extended by the length of itself., Semiquavers are witten in brackets.
Beispiel: ||: D-du D-du | % | % | dd uu (dudu) du :||
This writing is very good for texting and simply shows the "tipping" and not the "melody".