> I stated:
> >eventually from playing.. make sure there is enough room between
> >the skin and the cross sticks (X) in the back, you'll need room to
> >maneuver your hand there on the skin .. I prefer a single stick in
> >back.. make sure that the rim is circular and not askew, and make
> Seamus Mac Conaonaigh stated:
> Most players that I know here (Dublin/Galway) don't have any
> cross-stick(s) at all on the bodhra/n, they just play it by
> balancing it between their leg and the hand at the back of
> the skin. They say that having a cross-stick impedes how well
> they can control tone using the "skin-hand". What's the concensus
> on that from bodhra/n-players on the list?
..sitting on the left leg ? .. I'd be dropping it, or it would affect
my playing I'd say .. I like the one cross-stick to sort of aid in
keeping the bodhran in place .. sometimes my bodhran rotates when I
play and I quickly grab the cross-stick and pull it in place.
I've actually found that I can change the tone/sound/pitch of the
bodhran without moving my hand and by just changing the pressure
on the skin, although I don't do this all the time..
I play with my eyes closed and my mind on the music, I find that
stray thoughts can get in the way also.. I've no trouble with rim
shots close-eyed but I do catch my nose and cheek once and a while..