Tabla lesson 1 for beginners



[Applause] [Applause] hi my name is Sonic and welcome to lesson one of table a beginners course now in my introductory class I talk to you about the parts of the table the placement of the table when playing also the sitting position that we adopt when we're playing the table the basics of tuning and also the importance of using powder before and during play in this your very first lesson I'd like to give you a few basic notes also teach you how to play them and give you some simple exercises that you can do in order to practice those notes now notes in table are simply referred to as ball these ball have no literal meaning at all they're simply syllables like na thin K and K but they're crucial to learning the table because they're a way of communicating the sounds of the table into spoken word those sounds are then built into phrases small or large and it's those phrases that become the compositional and rhythmical framework for playing the table so you can see just how important it is to learn the basic ball in this lesson I'd like to teach you some basic Bowl on both the right drum which we refer to as the dire and the left drum which we refer to as the buyer let's start with the right drum which is called the dire I'd like to teach you two notes which are called D and E now this seems like quite a good place to start because although they come as two separate notes they're very often played in succession as they do so the ball phrase deity is made up of two separate ball and that's what I'd like to teach you today notice the difference in the pronunciation between the first one and the second one they and a let's now go and look at how we play the first of those balls they on the Daiya with the right hand so before we play the note there just take a little bit of powder in your right hand like this doesn't have to be too much and just rub that into your hand so any of the excess moisture doesn't stay in your hand and rub it in so that you don't get too much onto the surface of the drum will be pay the note now take your right hand and keep it round about four inches above the right drum above the center and just keep your fingers nice and open for the moment now having got that position I'd like you to take your middle finger your ring finger and your little finger and join them together so like this now that leaves a nice gap between your three fingers together your index finger and then your thumb alone and I'm going to demonstrate the finishing position of this note before I actually show you how to play it so the finishing position is such that your middle finger and your ring finger finish in the center of the shocky or the black part of the table but that they're nice and flat at the end of the finishing position so let me show you how your hands should finish for the note D and you can see right there the tips of my fingers in the center of the black part of the right drum and also my fingers absolutely flat with my little finger joined on the end so that's our finishing position for the note day now we just need to play it so keep your three fingers together now around about four inches above the head of the table and remember you're aiming for that finishing position that I just described where the tips of your middle and your ring finger finish in the center of the black part but now it's a nice solid flat strike and we don't lift the hand once we've finished playing the stroke so I think the best way now will be to demonstrate it for you and then you'll see exactly what I mean so here it is the ball did and there we are nice and flat I didn't lift it when I played and I've finished nice and flat on the Daiya once again from around about four inches up and did I look at that nice solid contact that I'm making two fingers in the center watch what happens when I don't quite hit the center of the black part and again now notice the difference in the sound when I do you can see how solid that is and that's one of the aspects that you should really be careful of when you play the note D Center striking and nice and flat don't have any gaps like this between your fingers and the back of the dial the right drum so your fingers should finish completely flat and don't lift your hat your fingers off after you've played the stroke you certainly don't want to do that otherwise the skin will start to resonate like this and remember this is a flat stroke non resonant so you're killing the sound so it's hey once again then and finally there and that's how we play the first of that pair day of the phrase deity I demonstrate it for you your first ball on the table we call it day now I'm going to demonstrate for you your second ball which is called day and the reason why is of course they come as a pair they're always played in succession very similar today but we accept that we only use our index finger let me show you how to plate so remember the first ball there was played with the two fingers finishing in the center of the shahi and the little finger just added to those three so it would be in the center the ball D is played exactly the same way except now we only use the index finger so the finishing position is right here and now you can see how the index finger has finished in the middle of the black part again just like we did with the two fingers on the stroke there now the stroke day is where we have the index finger finishing in the middle so I'll demonstrate how to play that now so take your index finger again round about four inches above the shaggy or the black part of the table and then exactly like you did for the stroke they drop it down nice and flat don't lift it too quickly making sure your fingers in the center of the black part and it's day once again day and again hey so you can see now the phrase deity two fingers or three fingers together but two fingers striking the middle of the black part they followed in succession by day so two separate balls on the dire but always coming as a pair so far in this lesson I've taught you to ball your very first two ball they were day and day on the dial or the right drum now let's turn our attention to the left drum where I'd like to teach you one ball and we call that ball gear it's played like this so before we learn this left hand stroke or the stroke on the Bayeux referred to as gay just make sure that your buyer is in the perfect position for playing so you don't it two angles certainly like this but you don't want it leaving backwards so a little tilt they're not absolutely flat but a little tilt on it would be perfect and that will allow you to lean into the stroke so now take the front portion of your arm and just relax it such that the back of the palm of your hand ends up at the back of the black part on the buyer so you can see how I've just put it down I've rested it on the drum I'm not putting any force at all just resting literally you can see there the back part of the palm of the hand at the back of the black pot and then what I'd like you to do is to keep your fingers in the air you don't want to spread too wide but you don't want close together like this it's just a little bit open and you're ready now to play the keystroke it's very very straightforward all you have to do is drop your fingers down and hold them in place on the buyer so let me demonstrate that for you it's literally just dropping it down and that is the stroke okay once again from about 45 maybe 60 degrees up just drop it down let gravity do the rest just drop your hand down let the muscles go and that stroke is good so once again okay and what's making the sound are the tips of your fingers and also the back of the palm of your hand on the back of the black part so I'll demonstrate that again and you can now feel both the parts of your hand making that sound flat it's non resonant you don't wanna be lifting off so once again the stroke gear and okay and one of the things that you want to avoid of course is dropping your hand down like I said and then lifting it too quickly we want to be killing the sound and I'll tell you the reason why because you'll end up with resonance coming out of the left drum so you'll end up with this so kill the sound make sure it's nice and flat non resonant so okay and it's really as simple as that playing your first stroke on the buyer so far in this lesson I've shown you three separate Bowl two on the Daiya and one on the buyer the two under Dyer are always coming as a pair they are day and day and one on the buyer would simply refer to as okay all three of them were non resonant flat sounds now I'd like to show you some simple exercises that you can do in order to practice those ball and really reinforce the ideas of what I've taught you but before I teach you those exercises it's really important that you understand that you're playing a drumming instrument you're playing percussion so it's down to you to keep the timing intact and we have a concept for understanding in Indian music it's called lae lae literally means tempo and what we do in order to play anything in table whether it's an exercise or a composition or a rhythm is that we set an underlying tempo by which we then play all the notes over so that underlying tempo can be slow or medium paced it can be fast but the point is once we set it it's kind of fixed and that represents our timing structure for our exercise or our composition so lay is the underlying tempo by which we're going to do our simple exercises to reinforce the idea of the balls that we've done so I'd like to now show you how lay works in practice in these simple exercises so the first simple exercise that I'm going to show you is for the note phrase d-day and that's of course played on the dire so before we play that just make sure that your dyers in the right position again don't tilt it too much and don't have it too flat or certainly tilting back towards you this sort of angle would be just about perfect and now that concept that I was talking about the lay comes right into play before we loop that exercise deity so let's count it in the lay would be counted in this sense over four beats and then we're going to pay the ball exactly in time with one note over each of those counts so let's count it in 1 2 3 4 then D hey hey hey did you see how I did that I counted in the starting beat and then I played one note over every beat at exactly the right time spacing that is the concept that helps you to keep time let's do it once again I'll count it in once again get ready with the Terr stroke and it's one two three four and so that's the rhythm just keeping time nicely nice and flat with your fingers nice and solid in the center of the black pine the center of the jockey just keeping it going and vocalizing occasionally just to get into the feel of speaking of note as you play it but at all times keeping your rhythm going so timing and sound not lifting your hand up at the end so you keeping it nice and flat above in the center of the black part so it's a and there you are nice simple exercise on the right drum to get you to play the ball phrase deity two separate notes but play together as an exercise over an underlying tempo which we refer to as lay using the concept of lay and give you a nice simple slow starting tempo we did an exercise on the right drum for 30 the ball phrase using two separate syllables for the right drum now let's look at a very simple exercise for the left drum and the note that we learnt that if you remember was gay so let's look at a simple exercise using the concept of lay for the left drum for the buyer so getting your hand with your left hand ready remember relaxing the front portion of your arm of the such that the back or the heel of your palm of your hand rests at the back of the shaggy with a black part so you're ready to play the care stroke and this time I'm going to count the underlying tempo with my right hand and all we're gonna do is loop the note get for our exercise so let's count it in one two three four and okay okay okay okay nice and relaxed okay hey okay a little bit of vocalization for the note just to get into the habit of speaking okay okay okay okay and making sure you don't raise your hand too quickly so you're dampening the sound making it nice and non resonance and flat but also at the same time keeping your timing going okay okay okay nice and relaxed okay okay and pay attention to the sound that I'm getting and you can produce this on your drum at home okay okay okay a really nice simple exercise just to get you to feel the first note that we've learnt on the by our the left drum the note gay we've looked at two exercises so far to reinforce that the ideas that I taught you at the beginning of this lesson those were the new notes on the dire theity and the new notes on the buyer which was key but we looked at the hands separately so here's an exercise for both hands together it's your first introduction to a ball freeze and the phrase that I'd like to give you to practice is ke ke D D so it's the K from the bio on the left hand and then followed by the phrase that I've taught you for the right hand drum deity in succession but of course remember whenever we do an exercise is really important to set the tempo or set the lane so we can set that by counting it in and then doing our exercise over that underlying tempo so I'll get your hands ready so just like this ready to pay the care stroke and the ther stroke and we'll count it in together so one two three four and okay okay hey hey okay hey hey hey hey hey hey hey hey now just the first thing that I'm doing is vocalizing the phrase get into that habit really early on right from lesson one notice how I'm playing both the strokes and absolutely flat killing the sound and notice how in the right hand I'm playing in the center of the drum okay okay okay okay pay attention to your sound and making sure it's nice and solid I really hope you're starting to feel that rhythm now the more exercise okay and finally when this lesson I introduced you to your first three-ball on table there and Tay on the dire and K on the biome now let me give you some useful advice that you can take away from this your first lesson in how to play those notes the first thing that I would say about playing your exercises is to make sure that when you're playing them your your table remain in exactly the same placement position as you do when you start so when you start by the placement that we have already when you start to play your exercises try to make sure that on your right drum it doesn't fall forwards or backwards also on your left drum I often see beginners putting a little bit too much pressure with the back of the palm of their hand and the buyer tends to tilt backwards so that's one of the things that you can watch out for the other thing that you could really look out for is your sitting position make sure that your sitting position is always nice and relaxed whatever you're doing and finally make sure the symmetry of your hand is always the same so what you don't want to find for example in your right hand is this would be nice and symmetrical but I often see beginners start to turn their hand like this that puts an awful lot of pressure on the wrists and when you lose your symmetry you start not to relax and that's probably just about the worst thing that you can do when you're playing the table because we really want to relax whenever we do exercises so a nice symmetry of the arm this sort of angle and this sort of angle for the buyer you can see how we're pointing inwards as opposed to pointing straight and that's another really good tip that you can take away from your first lesson and then of course you've got the notes themselves making sure that you play them flat and non resonant so not lifting too quickly and of course making sure on the right drum you play in the center and making sure that your hand position is absolutely perfect on your buyer and that would really put you in really good shape to to go forward into your next lesson so what did you learn in this your very first lesson in table a beginners course well I demonstrated three basic ball two on the dial the right drum referred to as deity and one ball and the buyer referred to as King all three of them were flat non resonant sounding then I gave you some simple but very useful exercises in order to practice the concepts that we learnt in your next lesson I'd like to teach you some new ball and also give you some more exercises that you can use in order to reinforce the ideas I'm really looking forward to seeing you then one two three four

44 thoughts on “Tabla lesson 1 for beginners”

  1. Wow! Great way of teaching, I am 40+ and I always wanted to learn to play some instruments and now getting Inspired to learn!. I want to commit myself and start learning.

  2. सर जी हिंदी में भी बोला करो ताकि हम लोग भी सीख ले

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