INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: basics of tabla?


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basics of tabla? Jul 07, 2001 03:17 p.m.

ok...heres the deal im 15 this year and for my b-day i want money money money so would u please send me ur checking account or credit card information??? nah just kidding...well anyhow i wanna buy a tabla and was wondering how long does it take to learn the basic sounds and techniques?
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 08, 2001 02:26 a.m.

I think as with all musical instruments and probably everything in life, you get out what you put in. Depends on how long you practice, what learning materials you have around you, and many other things.

I don't play the tablas yet, but Im buying some tomarrow. I too am young, im 16. If you have a teacher in your area, take advantage of it. I have to rely on books and videos and the net for now.

Re:basics of tabla? Jul 08, 2001 06:01 a.m.

WOW, its so good to see there are some other youngters participating in this forum. i'm only 14. What monk said is totally true, u get what u give. its really nice to see that you WANT to learn. many people that live aorund here (in england) just learn because their parents make them learn, and they end up giving up after about 1 year, which is normally when they build up enough courage to tell their parents that they dont want to learn anymore.
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 13, 2001 03:44 p.m.

yeah well thats me im obsessed with music (mostly rythm and percussion instruments)im a multi instrumentalist and ive been playing for about half my life now...i play and taught myself congas and have been playing piano now for about 7 or 8 years and trust me i put HOURS into this...tabla is my biggest interest rythmically, you just cant get much better than that
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 04:20 a.m.

Hey I got new tablas. Don't be discouraged by the complexity of them, compared to things like congas. If tabla is something you have serious interest in and are willing to spend time learning and playing. You will do ok and enjoy it.
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 06:25 a.m.

wat other instruments to u both play? i started to learn the keyboard when i was 9, but i wasn't too interested back then. but after about 1 year of learning, i got very interested. now i class keyboard as my main instrument. during the time that i was learning keyboard, i got interested in drums, but i was mainly using drum machines. when i was 11, but dad bought a pair of roto toms, and i started to ply garba beats on them. we also had a tabla set and a dholak, so i used to play on them. i got increasingly interested in rhythm. i started to play an acoustic drum kit, while also carrying on with drum machines. then when i was 12, i got very interesting in the sitar. an american man had come to perform in britain, and he had been studying in india for 9 years. and it was through him that i got interested, and within a couple of months i got a sitar. but, my interests have been at their greatest over the last year. i have began to start playing congos, played tabla a lot better, my sitar playing is getting better, and my general thinking about music is getting better. i am also into recording and engineering, and now i am here, with a large collection of instruments, and a good studio setup in my bedroom.
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 12:05 p.m.

Hey! I am so glad that young people are intereted in Tabla.I am in Chicago teaching Tabal in Anila Foubdation for Indian Music and Dance.If any one interested in learning Tabla and Kathak Dance i will be happy to give guidence.Thank u.
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 04:48 p.m.

yeah i call myself a piano player cuz thats what i do best and thats what ive been playing longest...ive been playing drums for about 2 years and percussion for 1 year i just got my tablas yesterday and wanna learn to play...but the deal is i have to change the heads on them and i really have no clue how to..i understand the whole lacing thing...but how do i get that ring on the bottom tightened??
Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 05:13 p.m.

This is great! So many young tabla players. I just got my tablas a week or so ago. Ramesh, how long have you played tablas? How would one get ahold of you in Chicago? Sorry A-man I just started too so I have no clue at all about a head change, most will probably tell you to seek a pro or get new tablas.

Does anyone hear know of anyone who has succesfully learned tablas without having a teacher all the time?

Re:basics of tabla? Jul 24, 2001 05:15 p.m.

Oh yeah My main instrument is the guitar. I have played for a while and that is my best instrument. I played percussion like the congas/bongos and morrocan hand drums before getting tablas.
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