- February 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm #4049
This is from my CD “All THe World’s A Stage” The drone sound at the beginning is from a bodhran “moose call” usually used on congas. The rhythm is a Sufi rhythm called Ayub. Hope you enjoy. TomFebruary 6, 2015 at 1:29 am #4052Adam TombsParticipant
Hi Tom, I am a big fan of the Bodhran and have a few I play at home. Can you please explain the bodhran ‘moose call’? How do you create the sound, the only homemade calls i know of are made from a vessel like a paper/plastic cup, a length of string and a split matchstick. I can’t imagine you put a hole in your bodhran so I am guessing you rubbed the skin, like a turkey call?February 6, 2015 at 4:03 am #4054
Hi Adam, Thanks for your interest. I play the bodhran only with my fingers, not a tipper. You are correct. I moisten my finger and gently rub it along the head to get friction. I’m moving the bodhran from the crossbar inside to allow me to create a figure eight movement and not interrupt the drone. An example can be found here ( sorry for the OT percussion demo)
Stay well, TomFebruary 6, 2015 at 6:37 am #4057Adam TombsParticipant
That is really cool Tom, thanks for the reply and the clip. I play my bodhran with tippers but I occasionally use my fingers. For some reason I always feel I will damage my drums by playing with fingers… silly I know as tippers can really make an impact on a skin. I don’t have crossbars on any of my wee drums but I think I could do a similar thing with my smaller ‘travel’ bodhran. All my current drums are made by Christian Hedwitschak. I started on an old Vignoles that I sold to finance other interests and have regretted it ever since. I really like Christian’s drums, I don’t think you could find a better compromise between quality, value and innovation.
All the Best.February 6, 2015 at 10:20 am #4059LowboyParticipant
Wow. Great playing Tom. Love the sound of the drum and the way you make it talk.
LowboyFebruary 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm #4060
Thank you, Adam and Lowboy. It’s great to be a part of this community! I’m learning so much about melodicas and enjoy sharing my perspective. I look forward to checking out more of your work. All best, Tom
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