Learn How to Play Tabla - Online Tabla Training Class Lessons
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TABLA PLAYING TECHNIQUES: HOW TO PLAY TABLA -
Indian Hindustani classical music instrument Tabla playing involves a complex finger tips and Tabla hand percussive technique for playing the Tabla drum from the top. For stability while playing Tabla, each drum is positioned on a toroidal bundle called chutta guddi, consisting of plant fiber or another malleable material wrapped in cloth. The tabla is a set of two Tabla drums that are played while sitting on the floor. The larger Tabla drum is called Bayan, the Bayan Tabla drum is made from clay, metal (brass, steel or copper) and is considered the bass drum of the set. The smaller Tabla Drum called Dayan is made of wood, the Dayan Tabla drum tuning is tuned to the tonic pitch of the composition the instrumentalist or vocalist is performing, while the Bayan Tabla drum tuning is tuned not to a specific pitch, but to one that can easily be modulated to imitate the intricate Tabla drum language. Both Tabla drums are played with the fingers and sometimes the palm of the hand.
Each Tabla drum stroke can be expressed by a corresponding syllable, used for both teaching and performance purposes. The intricate music of the Tabla drums reflects the rhythmic framework (tala) of the piece. Some basic strokes with dayan Tabla drum on right side and bayan Tabla drum on left side are:
Ta: (on dayan Tabla drum) striking sharply with the index finger against the rim.
Ghe or Ga: (on bayan Tabla drum) holding wrist down and arching the fingers over the syahi, the middle and ring-fingers then strike the maidan (resonant).
Thin: (on dayan Tabla drum) placing the last two fingers of the right hand lightly against the syahi and striking on the border between the syahi and the maidan (resonant).
Dha: combination of Ta and Ghe.
Dhin: combination of Tin and Ghe.
Ka or Kath: (on bayan Tabla drum) striking with the flat palm and fingers (non resonant).
Na or Ta: (on dayan Tabla drum) striking the edge of the syahi with the last two fingers of the right hand.
Tete: (on dayan Tabla drum) striking the center of the syahi with the middle finger.
Ti: (on dayan Tabla drum) striking the center of the Tabla syahi with the index finger (resonant).
Playing Taals On Tabla: Some tals, for example Dhamaar, Ek, Jhoomra and Chau tals, lend themselves better to slow and medium tempos. Others flourish at faster speeds, like playing Jhap tal or Rupak talas. Trital or Teental is one of the most popular, since it is as aesthetic at slower tempos as it is at faster speeds. Indian classical Hindustani music has many Taals, some of the more popular music Taals are: Tintal (or Trital or Teental), Jhoomra, Tilwada, Dhamar, Ektaal and Chautal, Jhaptal, Keherwa taal, Rupak (Mughlai/Roopak), Dadra taal. The rarer Taals in Hindustani classical music are: Adachoutal, Brahmtal, Dipchandi, Shikar, Sultal, Pancham Savari, Gaj jhampa etc.
Bols Of Tabla: The study of tabla is in the oral tradition and has developed into a supremely refined style, technique, and literature. The vast oral literature of drumming is divided into two categories, fixed rhythmic compositions and theme and variations. In ancient times, a language was developed using words called bols that were descriptive of the sounds that the drum makes. Some of these words are rooted in Sanskrit language and are derived from the vibrations of the universe, There are about sixteen different sounds or Tabla bols for both the Tabla drum.
TABLA GHARANAS: 'Gharana' is a lineage of teaching in Indian classical music, in relation to the musical instrument Tabla, two styles of Tabla gharanas are well known: 'Dilli Baj' (or Delhi Baj) signifies the Tabla playing style developed in Delhi and 'Purbi Baj' (Eastern direction - in relation to Dilli or Delhi) for the Tabla playing style developed in the area east of Delhi. Delhi Baj is also known as Chati baj (Chati is a part of Tabla from where special tone can be produced). In all six gharanas of Tabla are recognized - Delhi Tabla gharana, Lucknow Tabla Gharana, Ajrara Tabla Gharana, Farukhabad Tabla Gharana, Benaras Tabla Gharana and Punjab Tabla Gharana. Each Ghrarana of Tabla is traditionally set apart from the others by unique aspects of the compositional and playing styles of its exponents, which was kept secret in the earlier developmental times. For example, some Tabla have different Tabla positioning and Tabla bol playing techniques.
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