Tabla - For Beginners

Like many Indian instruments, there are many interesting myths and legends about the origin of the Tabla. Some say that it evolved from the dholak and pakhawaj while others cite the 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khusru as the inventor of the instrument. It is the foremost rhythmic element in Hindustani music. In this beginners course for tabla, the history, essential elements and playing techniques are discussed a length for a well rounded introduction.
 

Instructor: Divya Music

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4 weeks

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Dakshina 

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Hindi

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Unit 1: Introduction

Tabla Design 8 min

This chapter deals with the origins of the tabla looking at it from various viewpoints. It goes on to speak about it's components and the material used for it's construction. The acoustic design of the tabla is such that different sounds emanate from point all across it's circumference. This too is elaborated in detail.
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Tuning 6 min

Tuning can be done on a particular swar(scale) and is done in 'C' in this demonstration. The technique to tune is shown as practiced by players and the fine tuning methods are also on view.
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Unit 2: Playing Technique

Finger placement 8 min

As both the dayan and bayan drums have their own significance, finger placement is essential in order to extract the desired sound. Both the hands are to be balanced individually first so that they can work together for playing the tabla.
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Tempo and Rhythm 7 min

The tempo or laya at which the instrument is played is of prime importance. The tempo in tabla is played at 3 progressively increasing speeds, namely vilambit laya(slow), madhya laya(medium) and drut laya(fast). The laya is governed by the pulse of a second and here teental is used as an example, taal is the rhythm upon which the tabla sound is governed. Some of the popular taals and their design is mentioned.
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Unit 3: Taals

Dadra & Keherwa Taal 6 min

2 of the most widely played taals are Dadra and Keherwa. They are a part of different genres of music as well such as semi classical, film, folk music etc. While Dadra has 6 matras(beats), Keherwa has 8 matras and even has some references in world music as well at varying tempos.
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Teental & Other Patterns 11 min

Teental is one of the most prominent taals in both hindustani and carnati music. It consists of 16 matras contanining 4 vibhaags and can be played at varying speeds. Kaida is demonstrated to help you in your finger placement and is played according to the gharana the musician belongs to. A tukda which is generally the concluding part of the taal is also displayed.
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