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Basics of Tabla (2021-A)

A Beginner Tabla course with Sukhmani Rayat

  • Started Sep 12, 2021
  • 547 US dollars
  • Online Session

Service Description

Date: Sept 12th - Dec 12th (there will be no class on Sunday 28th November) Time: 1pm EDT The Tabla is one of the most unique and revered percussion instruments in the world. It has become fundamental to Hindustani Classical music, and is now used in many genres and music forms all around the world. Though the Tabla is most commonly heard in an accompaniment setting, it is also widely played as a solo instrument, where a tabla player is the main instrumentalist and displays a spectrum of different types of compositions over the course of 1-2 hours. Over 12 weeks, you will be introduced to the intricate, highly developed practice of learning and playing Tabla in an accessible, fun, and communal environment. The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic knowledge and techniques needed to be able to begin playing confidently both on your own, and in collaboration with other musicians. Though traditional oral learning methods, and careful, guided practice, you will walk away with the ability to play a set of phrases, a basic theme (Kayda) and a number of variations (Paltas), and begin playing time cycles (Taals) and grooves to accompany songs and chants. We will cover: ・Basic phrases and language (Paranth) of Tabla ・Hand positioning and technique ・Exploring themes and variations ・Counting exercises to develop timing and rhythm ・Riyaaz - how to practice ・Basics of accompaniment For this course you will need: ・A set of Tabla ・A tuning hammer and baby powder (the powder is used to ensure there is no moisture transferred from your hands to the skin of the instrument) ・A laptop/tablet, and a zoom account. You will need your device to be facing you, with yourself and your instrument in full view ・A mat or cushions to allow for a comfortable seated position on the floor ・A notepad and pen ・A metronome or metronome app (any basic metronome app will do) You will also have access to: ・Weekly videos and/or audio recordings to recap each lesson and summarize homework ・“Tabla Talk” - a weekly check in (usually mid week), where Sukhmani will be available on zoom to answer any questions you may have about the lessons ・Recordings of each class and “Tabla Talk” ・A group forum where you will be able to ask questions and communicate with Sukhmani and other participants at any time ・Labelled diagrams of the instrument to help familiarize you and ensure accurate technique ・List of Tabla terminology ・Direction on correct notation for each lesson


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Cancellation Policy

Group & Private Classes can be rescheduled up to 48 hours before the class. After 48 hours there is no rescheduling or refunds allowed. Courses can be refunded up to 30 days before the start of the course, minus a $55 administration fee. After 30 days the course fee minus the $55 administration fee can be applied to another course within 1 year. After 1 year the credit will expire.


Contact Details

505-927-4497

kirtanandkundalini@gmail.com