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karmavore
Which comes first? Dhe Re Dhe Re or Loose Hands? Apr 18, 2002 12:58 p.m.


Hello Friends:

I've been playing for 4 years and my hands are still gradually becoming loose. There is definitely still some room for improvement.

I've heard different opinions on this one from different (very experienced) teachers. One will say that warming up with 20 min of Dhe Re Dhe Re excercises at the beginning of practise will help loosen things up, improving other bols (Te Ra Ki Ta and such), another teacher says one's hands much loosen up significantly before you even play Dhe Re Dhe Re. Which comes first, the chicken or egg?

Warren
Re:Which comes first? Dhe Re Dhe Re or Loose Hands? Apr 19, 2002 02:47 p.m.


That's an easy one: If you kick into dhere dhere compositions at a good speed without warming up it tends to sound bad. However dhere dhere compositions played at medium and slow speed are great for loosening up your hands. Dhere starts sounding good for me after about an hour of practicing then you can play the 4 dr dr dr dr compositions. Gourishankar Karmaker likes to play extremely fast dhere comps and have a conversation at the same time to demonstrate how loose his arms are. He's like"So how are you doing, did you do anything interesting today......" and playing dha trkt gr drdrdrdr dha trktk tina ketetaka ultra sonic speed at the same time. He stresses about no tenseness in your arms. If you dhere looks and sounds like crap practice full hand tete tete instead that will help you correct it.

Actually there are links to his solo mp3's on the Austin Tabla site http://www.angelfire.com/music3/tabla under visiting masters -Warrren


karmavore (Apr 18, 2002 12:58 p.m.):
Hello Friends:

I've been playing for 4 years and my hands are still gradually becoming loose. There is definitely still some room for improvement.

I've heard different opinions on this one from different (very experienced) teachers. One will say that warming up with 20 min of Dhe Re Dhe Re excercises at the beginning of practise will help loosen things up, improving other bols (Te Ra Ki Ta and such), another teacher says one's hands much loosen up significantly before you even play Dhe Re Dhe Re. Which comes first, the chicken or egg?


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