Tabla lessons and practice


Author: Aloke Dutta
This definitive volume on tabla consists of theory and compositions set to six different time cycles (tala). It begins with a “Key to Pronunciation” to help students pronounce tabla syllables and technical terms properly. After that, there is a discussion of the history of tabla, although there is a very little information available about tabla’s origin.”Tabla: An Overview” is a chapter on the present position of tabla and its players in the music world. This chapter also elaborates upon the difference between playing solo and accompaniment and guides the student towards appropriate disciplines for each. The theory of tala, or the elements used to construct meters, is explained in “Basic Element.” This information will help students understand the ingredients required to create even meters, odd meters, and fractional meters.