How to Hold the Bodhrán

  • Holding the bodhran, view from the back of the drum

    Holding the bodhran, view from behind the drum

    First, if you are female or Scottish, change into a pair of trousers.  It is difficult to play the bodhrán in a skirt.

  • Then you’ll want a short stool, bench, or a straight-backed chair with no arms.
  • Put both feet flat on the floor, spread apart about 12 – 13 inches.
  • Insert your non-dominant hand into the back of the drum, between the cross-pieces (if your drum has cross-pieces – many do not) placing the palm of the hand on the hide, fingers slightly spread.
  • Rest the drum on the top of your thigh and tilt it slightly in and forward.
  • Bend forward from the waist a little and wedge the drum into your side so that part of your torso acts as a dampening agent.
Holding the bodhran, view from the front of the drum

Holding the bodhran, view from the front of the drum