INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: "Rubbing"

 

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Pete
"Rubbing" Feb 14, 2003 09:37 a.m.


The appeal of the sound of the tabla is attributable to a large extent to the modulation of the bayan sound by skillful application and release of pressure (I call it "rubbing"). Oddly enough, most books and instructional material on tabla do not even mention rubbing. Feldman's "Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha" touches on it and David Courtney has a small section called "Modulation" in his "Learning the Tabla". When I started learning the tabla on my own, I was unaware of rubbing. Now I find it very difficult to train my left hand to incorporate rubbing into the strokes. Would some of you care to share your tricks and techniques of rubbing?

Thanks a lot in advance.

rod
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 14, 2003 01:32 p.m.


Listen to Kumar Bose's Drums of India and learn my son!!!

Shawn
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 14, 2003 02:14 p.m.


I agree. Really, you learn this from watching and listening. You can't really be told to "do this and that". Sure, there's a specific motion and technique, but the application of it is purely through paying attention to your teacher, and other tabla players in performance and on recordings.

Kumar Bose has amazing baya control...


Shawn
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TheMonk
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 16, 2003 12:39 a.m.


Well there is the motion of pressing down with your wrist, and sliding the wrist. And any combination of those two motions. watch and listen.
Devi
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 16, 2003 10:54 a.m.


Please... come up with some other term for it than "rubbing". I'm sure there's a "real" sanskrit word for it... a little help, David?
Even "modulation" generic as it is, sounds better than "rubbing".
Warren
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 17, 2003 11:44 p.m.


Gamak.


Devi (Feb 16, 2003 10:54 a.m.):
Please... come up with some other term for it than "rubbing". I'm sure there's a "real" sanskrit word for it... a little help, David?
Even "modulation" generic as it is, sounds better than "rubbing".
Bhavesh
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 18, 2003 12:33 p.m.


Warran is 100% right.

In Hindi it is called as "GAMAK LAGANA"

Lagana means to do.

But I don't see that word used that often.

Devi42
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 18, 2003 04:30 p.m.


cool... love to know how to spell that in devanagari; is it just three letters, or are there some "ahs" in there?
Anahd
Re:"Rubbing" Feb 19, 2003 05:56 a.m.


hei Pete, when playing bayan use two fingers, index and middle(or index and rest), so when you play with your index finger add pressure or Gamak, and when you play with the middle finger release the pressure, this is easy to practice in Tintal when you star with the middle finger. You can use this in all thekas, after you learn control you can change it. Then listen to alot of music!!
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