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Neo-Bodhran

Basic rhythms

David Kuckhermann (c) 2003

The first pattern is the fundamental of the rhythm below. It is played only with the right hand. It is a good exercise to practice the movement from 'Pa' to 'Dum'which is very important.

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Fill up the spaces with left hand 'Taks':

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In the next example the left-hand stroke on the 3rd beat is accented:

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And now play a snap instead:

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A second pattern is added. It is similar to the one before, just the first two strokes are substituted with a right hand 'Tak':

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Add some brush strokes in the middle of the pattern. Start to brush downwards:

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The last two strokes are substituted by fingersnaps of the left ring and middle finger:

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A combination of the variations before:

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If you leave out the last two strokes of the pattern, you are in 6/8:

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Add a second pattern:

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A variation using the brushing technique:

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more complex variations using the brushing technique:

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