INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: Practice

 

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mewan
Practice Nov 21, 2003 03:47 p.m.


I want to know how you practice tabla , what do you do before practicing , to prepare playing , how long do you play , what do you play ; simples laggis or real tals , do you sing bols while you are playing , or ragas , with an accompagniment , a cd or a musician etc ...
let me know about all these staffs , it could be very intersting
thank you
shawn122
Re:Practice Nov 21, 2003 05:30 p.m.


Tabla practice is @ first Repitition of your basic lessons...over and over and over

The more knowledge you receive more ractice required...whether it be a kaida, laagi, tihai, gats, parans.


this takes years. Music requires time for growth

no easy route..before playing with muscians,,,,,,u need to get a grasp of the fundamentals

aanaddha
Re:Practice Nov 22, 2003 10:17 a.m.



shawn122 (Nov 21, 2003 05:30 p.m.):
Tabla practice is @ first Repitition of your basic lessons...over and over and over

The more knowledge you receive more ractice required...whether it be a kaida, laagi, tihai, gats, parans.


this takes years. Music requires time for growth

no easy route..before playing with muscians,,,,,,u need to get a grasp of the fundamentals


Well said, Shawn. You'd be a good teacher.
I've been 'learning' for six years and if I've learned anything at all in that time it's
the first things I learned and continue to perfect.
There is nothing you can learn that doesn't come from what you already know.
Practice that.

Bill

Ram
Re:Practice Nov 22, 2003 12:58 p.m.


I split my practice time into 2. The technical and the repittion. I spend about 30 minutes on the technical described below, then the repitition of a dicipline, eg TiRaKiTa's etc for about 1-2 hours. I have one single simple rule. I must not stop for even a split second during Practice. If I do then I reset the time and start again. This way I often end up playing for 4-5 hours while having fun.

My teacher says the fingerwork and timing must be learnt together to progress further. During this time I try not to think of anything else except to speak/count/play out the bols trying to squeeze 1,2,3 and 4 cycles at the same tempo. The objective being to be mentally free from the physical and vice versa but yet the two are required essentials in the sub-conciousness where they work in total harmony - the art of rhythm amd time.

For example, take each bol in Teen Taal as a beat per second. The second is just an aribitary unit of time in this example. So 16 seconds equals 16 beats. After sometime and in 16 seconds I count aloud 2 cycles (16x2) while physically playing just the single cycle. This is relatively easy compared to the next stage.

Then, Without stopping and in the same 16 seconds I try to count out aloud 3 cycles (16x3) while physically playing just the single cycle and to correctly land on the 'sum (1st beat)'. This stage is the most hardest.

The next stage is to count 4 cycles (16x4) while physically playing just the single cycle. This stage is relatively easy.

My teacher calls this the mental control on time.

Finally, I reverse the situation by physically playing 4,3,2,1 cycles in the same 16 seconds. This is the Physical control on time.

In the repititions, I mainly play TiraKiTa's and teen taal to free the hands. I dont play fixed compositions, kaidas etc because I feel I'm not ready for it yet and also need to be in constant touch with the teacher (which I dont have).

regards. Sorry for the long message

mewan
Re:Practice Nov 22, 2003 05:01 p.m.


no , no , good , good . i want more , come on
just a thing kayda is not fix composition , you can improvise on it , it is quite free ( you have to play the same bols you play in the theme )
so i want more
Chris Pereji
Re:Practice Nov 29, 2003 05:48 p.m.


When I practice, I devote a considerable amount of time to each of these aspects:

1. Clarity of the bols
2. Precision in variopus speeds
3. Weght
4. Expression

mewan
Re:Practice Dec 02, 2003 08:34 a.m.


when i play i begin with a tea , in front of my tablas just , thinking about what i am going to play
After i wash my hands with hot water , and i play

dha tirkit tak tirkit
dha tirkit tak tirkit
dha tikit tak ta
tirkit tak tirkit ta
tirkit tak tirkit
dha tirkit tak

for one hour . after that i can begin to work on talas
i play kaydas , i try to improvises on it
tukras , gat and after small tals like laggi lahri keherva etc ...
i work at least on thekas of teental chautal rupak
after that i take a tea again and i make oil on my hands

I try to do this all days but it is quite hard

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