I'm a new, actually soon-to-be tabla player. I'm ordering them today. I have NO experience with tabla, but a tad bit of experience with sitar. I have so many questions like tuning, basic bols and stuff, but I lack one essential thing to learn these....$$$ So is there anything you guys can say on the basics? I don't have a job right now so I can't buy any teaching material, and there are no tabla players here in Alaska(that I know of)
Well ... the psychoacoustic stuff isn't really needed to get started playing tabla. That's more in the category of academic study... To get started, you need the names of the strokes, hand positions, etc... If there's really no way for you to get a teacher, I'd reccomend you at least scrape together the money to buy a video, because while pictures of hand positions are nice, they're quite hard to understand.