• Showing bodhrán strap properly affixed to bodhrán and with Paraic McNeela demonstrating how to wear it over the shoulder

    How to Put a McNeela Bodhrán Holding Strap on Your Bodhrán

    I’ve been meaning to do a post on this for a long time as it’s a question I frequently get asked and don’t worry it’s actually pretty easy to put a holding strap on your bodhrán, once you know how!

    I’m going to take you step by step through the process and hopefully it will all be clear. If it still doesn’t make sense, I’m here if you need any more advice. Just get in touch via email, phone or pop in!

    You will need:

    1. A screwdriver or Drill
    2. Matchsticks x 4
    3. A Stanley Knife or Cutting Blade
    4. The McNeela Bodhrán Holding Strap Kit

     

    First things first, get your strap, locate the buttonhole at each end.

    Detail of button hole in leather end of mcNeela Bodhrán Strap

    Using a Stanley knife or blade lengthen the slit under the buttonhole so it will fit over the button, be careful with your fingers as the leather is quite strong.

    Close up of stanley knife cutting and lengthening slit of McNeela bodhrán strap leather end
    Next, take out your bodhrán and locate the two screws on the outside of the rim that secure the cross bar.

    Close up of bodhrán rim showing cross bar and screw being taken out of bodhrán rim.
    Unscrew one and remove the screw and put to one side.

    Then, taking a matchstick, insert it into the same hole …Close up of matchstick inserted into hole in bodhrán rim

    Break off the top of the matchstick so that it’s flush with the rim

    Close up of matchstick cut down to be flush with the bodhrán rim
    Get the other matchstick and do the same …

    Next, take one of buttons and one of the screws from the McNeela Bodhrán Strap Set, insert the screw into the button and screw in using a screwdriver or a drill as per the pictures below (yes, I’ve once again hammered my little fingernail. Perils of the job!)

    Close up of screw in bodhrán strap button inserted into hole in bodhran rim

    Screwdriver drilling screw and button into bodhrán rim

    Your first bodhrán strap button should look like this:

    Close up of bodhran strap button securely inserted into bodhran rim

    Repeat the exact same process for the other side of the bodhrán. Then, taking your strap, position the leather end over the button and secure it onto the button by pulling it tightly into the button space on the leather end.

    Close up of bodhrán strap leather end being attached to strap button on bodhrán rim
    Repeat with the other end and there you go, you’re now strapped in and ready to play!

    Paraic McNeela playing strapped bodhrán with hand

    If you’re looking to buy a bodhrán or need bodhrán accessories like bodhrán beaters, bodhrán travel & gig bags , tutorials and more, check out www.McNeelaMusic.com

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