Generally i'm not very good with teachers. Especially when they are sat in front of me. i find i get frustrated with the way they teach, i tend to prefer to teach myself with the aid of a good book and the occasional advice of patient people.
Anyway, i am presently beginning to distinguish 'taa' from 'tin', which in itself has been a long journey. My probblem is that both my dayan and my friend's exhibit a rattle in their resonance. 'Tin' if played gently, and it seems correctly, allows the skin to resonate but i find that there is this annoying fuzziness to the note.
So, what i need to know is - is this a symptom of bad tuning ? is this simply that my tabla are crap ? Do i need to get them re-skinned ? Am i playing it incorrectly ? Or should i go out there and find the right teacher who will be be patient enough to help me through hese issues ? Or may be it is my own patience that is an issue ?
Regardless - any advice, insights or general waffle about the beloved subject of tabla will be galdly received (even when icna't spell).
Good answer Ram I have never thought of bike glue. But also the dayan may buzz more when not in tune (the same all the way around) . Jawari can also fix the buzzing sometime , take a jawari string(thicker then thread)and insert it under the kinar with a dime, it can sometimes fix the buzz. A little buzz is not bad though if the drum sounds good, and beginners are notorious for not putting the right pressure with there ring finger on the sur which can amplify the buzz.
As for learning without a teacher, the price is likely equal to 2 to 3 years for every 6 months you would progress with a teacher.
Ram (May 25, 2003 08:52 a.m.): Sounds like a loose sihai particle (the black patch). If it is, then use a very very very thin layer of bicycle puncture repair glue over the area and that should just about cure the buzz.
But eventually, when you reach a particular level you will need the aid of an experienced teacher no matter what brilliant aids such as videos, cds etc you have.