Yesterday I was going through different tabla sources, that I have and I got an inspiration. I had some fresh rhythmic ideas and also refreshed some things that I have found out before, but maybe wasn't ready to actually use properly until now. Thorough rhythmic thinking aquires a lot of time and energy, but it's unbelievable, that you always learn more and more. There is no end... Different subdivisions and arranging those subdivisions different ways and using different bols. Just captivating!
Hi Jake, I know what you mean. Now that I've started to practice again, I am looking again at sources that I wasn't ready to absorb 5 years ago. The extent to which it is possible to branch out based on a different rhythm principle being applied to kaida is quite amazing.
I guess that's what makes playing tabla as sublime as it is.
Jake ,Bran Here's a neat trick Take an 8 beat phrase (usually a kaida) play the first 5 beats of the phrase at single speed then for the last 3 beats play the 5,6,7,and 8 beats of the phrase at one and a half speed or you can call it the second half of the kaida(4 beats over 3) try it, it works every time. of coarse another simple trick is to double the last four beats or 2 beats at double speed.
Let me explain that a little better in other words you play 3 beats instead of 2 for the last 3 matras or 6 instead of four example with a kaida that has say 4 boles per matra gerenaga tetetete gerenaga dhenenaga| tetegere nagatete gerenaga tinenaka for the last three you have to use the bols of 5 and half the bols of 6 so it would be gerenaga tetetete gerenaga dhenenaga| tetegere nagatetegere nagatetegere nagatinenaka if still confused take the basic dhate tedha tete dhadha |tete dhage tina kena kaida dhate tedha tete dhadha |tete dhatete dhageti nakena (so you play the 1st half of the 6th matra then the 5th, 6th 7th and 8th matra) or if you double a 2 bol per matra type kaida you can shift the whole kali like dhatidhage nadhaterikita dhatidhage tinakena |tatitake natatatitake nataterikitadhati dhagedhinagena make sense? this is one way artist create that shift in time then immediatly come back to the original kaida speed , try it it sounds cool , playing to lahara machine or metronome really brings it out.