Experience and philosophy
- I learned to play from observing the best players around! I collected books and videos and evolved my own style.
As a rhythm guitar player, I have always been very conscientious about following the lead singers/players, a skill that is essential with all accompaniment.
- Having attended sessions in Ireland, Scotland and the US, I learned the proper place for the bodhrán player in every circumstance: you are there to enhance the music, not overpower, push the speed nor interfere.
- You need to understand and interpret time signatures, the architecture of the music (AA/BB/CC or ABC/ABC etc.) to end on time, watch lead players for signals to change or stop, play standing up or sitting down, and so much more!
- AND you must do so without injuring yourself
- I currently play a wonderful bodhrán made by the late master, Charlie Byrne
- Perform professionally with internationally-touring band IONA since 1986
- Have taught bodhrán privately since 1995
- Leader of workshops offered through the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Program since 1996
- Leader of workshops at festivals nationwide
Copyright © 2012 Barbara Ryan