How to be a good tabla player

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Are you interested in playing table? Good choice. Tabla is one of the famous musical instruments in India. It’s been majorly used in Indian classical music but nowadays when can see its use in fusion music as well. Tabla derived from the Arabic word table, which simply means “drums”. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums and timbres. Some of the famous Tabla players in India are Ustad Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ravindra Yavagal, Trilok Gurtu, etc.

Learning Tabla online is not as tough as people think it is. For beginners, it just needs some patience and practice. If you get to hold on the basics than after a period of time you will start enjoying playing Tabla. You can search through many sites that are providing tutorials for beginners. There are videos, notes for the learner to begin with.

Some of the things which we should keep in mind while learning Tabla are that one should have a good sense of rhythms. To maintain this you should practice a different kinds of beats emphasizing maintaining steadiness. Develop your beat sense by counting or tapping out rhythms with your hands, or timing your practices of specific taals. Practice the vilambit style which is on a very slow pace.

Learn the basic well for e.g.- bols (dha, dhin, ga, ka, tita and tirakita) and taals (teentaal has 16, ektaal has 12, etc). Go through every note provided. One of the major advantages of online learning is that you can start it whenever and where ever you feel like. It saves your precious time as well as hard-earned money. One thing which you have to keep in mind is to practice more and more. YES!!! Practice, which will help you to improve your strokes and beats which, is the key to Tabla. Regular practice of one hour every day will result in wonders.

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