One of my passions is playing and teaching Irish traditional music on the Irish flute and tin whistle. This passion took me and my wife Deborah to live in Ireland in 05/06 while I earned my masters degree in Irish traditional music performance on the Irish flute from the University of Limerick. My online training library is the brainchild of a thought I had while living there.

Most of us don’t have the luxury of living down the road from an excellent Irish flute or tin whistle instructor. It’s one thing if you live in Ireland, New York, Boston or Chicago; if you live in the Netherlands or North Carolina, you’re mostly out of luck. My online training library bridges the gap by bringing my personal instruction to you through this website.

  • Tunes (150+) Taught Both With & Without Ornamentation
  • Video Lessons Split into Multiple Chapters to Aid in Learning
  • Tunes Taught Phrase by Phrase to Learn by Ear
  • Sheet Music Available in .pdf Format
  • .mp3 Files Available for Each Tune

  • Beginning Courses for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute
  • Extensive & Growing Technique Libraries
  • My Personal Support
  • Student Forums
  • Your Suggestions Help to Shape Future Lessons!

The aim of my bodhrán course is to equip you with all the tools necessary to develop into a masterful player. While there are various ways to play the bodhrán, I teach the double-ended/Kerry method as it is the most popular and my primary playing style as well.

The great thing about learning via my online platform is that you can access my lessons anytime, anywhere. In person lessons are great – especially for feedback & critique; the nice thing about learning through this system is that you can pause, rewind and skip as needed so that you can progress at your own pace.

Student Benefits

  • Most Popular Kerry / Double Ended Style Taught
  • Step by Step Outline Based Format
  • Lessons Taught at an Easy Pace
  • Play Along with Myself and Fiddler Natalie Padilla
  • Course Companion .PDF Included

  • Pause/Rewind Lesson at Any Time
  • Beginning to Advanced Topics
  • My Personal Support
  • Exclusive Student Forums
  • Mobile Device Friendly!

Topics Covered

  • Bodhrán & Tipper Types
  • Care & Tuning
  • Proper Hold & Striking
  • Basic to Advanced Reel Patterns
  • Basic to Advanced Jig Patterns
  • Left Hand Technique / Pitch Variations
  • Open Tones

  • Triplets
  • Hornpipes, Slip Jigs, Polkas & Slides
  • Fills
  • Rim Shots
  • Complementing the Tune
  • Session Etiquette
  • & More!

Happy students say it all.

  • “Blayne’s course is the best I’ve seen. It allows you to learn at your own pace so it’s great for all skill levels. It’s like being at a real lesson.”

    Pete PurvisPeter PurvisPipes & Whistles, Gaelic Storm
  • “As an experienced player of many years, I found exercises that helped me develop my tone and breathing further. Lovely selection of tunes!”

    testimonial-bdBryan DugganFlutist, TunePal
  • “I’m now able to play at an advanced level after taking your online course for just a year. You’ve helped make a lifelong dream come true!”

    Brennan TestimonialBrennan WooWhistle, Texas
  • “Blayne’s method is really easy to follow. Thrilled to be part of Blayne’s class and recommend it to anyone interested in learning the Irish flute or tin whistle.”

    Gene MilliganGene MilliganWhistle Maker, Milligan Irish Whistles
  • “Feels like I have an instructor live in my house with me. I especially like the easy navigation, the clear and concise explanations and wonderful tune library!”

    testimonial-loLauraileen O'ConnorWhistle & Bodhrán, Maryland