INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: tabla tutorial


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tabla kid
tabla tutorial Sep 11, 2003 11:11 p.m.

Hi all,

Im looking for some tabla lessons on the net./.. i know there are many videos and stuff. but i dont have the money to spend on it.. yet

all i want to know is some basic stuff like where the fingers should be placed.. and some stuff like playin a normal beat... i will carry on from there...

please post some web tutorials... i cant spend money.. or unless someone is willing to provide me some with free video download links

thanks a lot

Re:tabla tutorial Sep 12, 2003 06:51 a.m.

There are dozens of good books on the subject written by reputable musicians, many with accompanying tapes or CD's. Try your local library, it's free. Inqure at the desk about inter-library loans if they don't have what you're looking for on the shelves or in their catalogues.
"Reading is fun".
Re:tabla tutorial Sep 12, 2003 01:50 p.m.

Hi, seriously, if you have tabla to begin with, I think finacially you can afford $20+/- to buy a good book. You have to realize the people who write the books are musicians, and when you copy their publications, you are taking advantage of them, and that is not a very nice thing. I will warn you that any video tutors you find offered by Batish will be horrible, that family is only after your money, so don't be tempted to by that junk. David's books are a good reference, otherwise there is a set of two books that I believe is called "Play on Tabla" by Pankaj, if you want that set I can probably get you one for cheap because I have tons of contacts in India. Otherwise another option is to buy yourself a phone card and maybe call up a tabla player and take lessons over the phone. I wish I could teach you since we are closer in age (18 here) but I play pakhawaj, and the technique is a lot different. Just email me at, maybe I can find someone to teach you for free.
Beenkar Ted Ceplina
Re:tabla tutorial Sep 12, 2003 03:44 p.m.

try getting into contact with a tabla player who can give you lessons over a webcam. I don't know if any exist, but if they do, you are really lucky! or you can try tabla central.
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