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August 21, 2019

     I had what was probably my best trip to Ireland ever this past summer. First, this excursion ended with Rachel and I celebrating 19 years of marriage with an amazing trip to County Kerry. We spent several days in Killarney seeing the city and spending time in Kill...

January 5, 2018

Hello, and a very Happy New Year to you and yours! First, my apologies for not having posted for several months... I teach the front ensemble at Sparkman High School during the Fall Semester, so football games and marching contests often take precedence in my day-to da...

September 13, 2017

I follow several bodhrán pages on social media. One of my friends, Mike Quinn, had posted a picture of this t-shirt:

The implication was that these are difficult time signatures. I disagreed, and made the following videos to explain how to count them:

(I know... three t...

September 3, 2017

Another video blog post! This post is an extension of this blog post. Be sure to use good headphones or speakers.

Enjoy!

August 26, 2017

This video explains one of my favorite voicing exercises using double-down sticking. Be sure to use good speakers or headphones. Enjoy!

Link to Rebellion Drums.

Link to notation of exercises.

August 10, 2017

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of using quality instruments. Simply put, using better gear can give you a better experience with your playing. But the drum is only part of the equation. Good tippers can also improve your experience in the bodhrán...

July 28, 2017

I am a music educator by training, and one important lesson that I received in the area of instrumental music education was the importance of a quality instrument. At the beginning of each new school year, parents would purchase or inquire about band instruments from w...

July 15, 2017

(Photo courtesy of Jeremy Sibson.)

I was fortunate to once again to participate in this year’s Craiceann Bodhrán Summer School on the small island of Inis Oírr of the west coat of Ireland. Here are some highlights from this year’s workshop…

This is my 6th time attendi...

June 22, 2017

I can honestly say that the single most important influence on my playing has been my trips to the Craiceann Bodhrán Summer School on Inis Oírr, Ireland. I have been to this workshop in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, and I am returning this year.

Why do I keep going back...

June 15, 2017

One of my favorite things to do in this genre is to partake in the collective music making opportunity known as the session. Although my teaching schedule can make regular session attendance a challenge, I do try to get to the Nashville/McNamara's Pub session and the B...

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