The "Didjibodhrán"

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The didjibodhrán is an original hybrid instrument. It's an Irish frame drum, called a bodhrán, that has a stretched goatskin head. The ceramic drum frame is also a circular didjeridu. If you're not sure what a didjeridu is, click here for a quick explanation.

When blowing into the didjibodhrán as a didjeridu, the drum head vibrates sympathetically, creating some eerie pseudo-reverberation effects. The didjibodhrán can also played with the fingers like a middle-eastern or African tar (frame drum) while blowing into it as a didjeridu, or just as a bodhrán in the traditional Irish style using a stick or your hand.

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Click here to see didjibodhrans currently available for sale, and to find out about the "Didjibodhrán Sampler" CD.

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