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KKSongs Tabla Guide

Originally in a .doc file, KKSongs Tabla Guide is now being upgraded as an online HTML tutorial. The newest feature is downloadable audio and picture clips to help you learn the contents of this book.

 

Preface

Note About the Online Edition

Dedication

 

UNIT ONE: THE SOUNDS OF THE TABLA

1: Introduction to the Tabla

2: Right Hand Bols

3: Left Hand Bols

4: Both Hand Bols

5: Important Phrases

 

UNIT TWO: THE FIRST SENTENCES

6: The Tala: The Indian Rhythmic Cycle

7: 16 Matra Talas

8: 8 Matra Talas

9: 12 Matra Talas

10: 6 Matra Talas

11: 7 Matra Talas

12: 14 Matra Talas

13: 10 Matra Talas

14: Review of Talas

 

UNIT THREE: MASTERY OF THE SENTENCES

15: Concept of Lay

16: Vilambit Lay

17: Madhya Lay

18: Drut Lay

19: Introduction to Classical Accompaniment

 

UNIT FOUR: TYING LOOSE ENDS

20: Cycles and Cadences

21: Theka, Prakar, and Laggi

22: Other Cyclic Forms

23: Mukra

24: Tihais

25: Introduction to the Qaida

 

UNIT FIVE: THE WELL VERSED TABLA PLAYER

26: Obscure Talas

27: 5, 10, and 15 Matra Talas

28: 8 and 16 Matra Talas

29: 6 and 12 Matra Talas; 7 and 14 Matra Talas

30: 9, 11, and 13 Matra Talas

31: Uncommon Talas Beyond 16 Matras

 

UNIT SIX: MASTERY OF THE TABLA

32: Accompanying

33: Tabla Solos

34: Tabla Tuning

35: Repairing Tabla Problems

36: Conclusion

 

APPENDIX

A: Common Tabla Bol Reference

B: Raga Reference

 

UPDATED: July 29, 2010