INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: tabla bols(strokes)


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tabla bols(strokes) Aug 25, 2001 11:14 p.m.

out of curiosity what are the basic bols to tabla if someone could tell me because im confused ive seen lots of information around and so for the most common are as follows (correct me if i am wrong.)
1.)na or ta-index finger strike on edge of the tabla
2.)tin-index finger strike on edge similar to na except played lightly.....tin is the only one that im not sure of see sumwhere i read that it was an open stroke played on the syahi...other places i read that that stroke is called if u could tell me the correct way to play the tin stroke....that would be great
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 26, 2001 01:08 a.m.

The way my teacher tells me to play it is to keep my ring and pinky fingers in the "home" position like when I play na/ta. Except instead of hitting the chat with the pointer finger, hit the maidan. and hit it not quite as hard as on Na/Ta and let your finger bounce up.

Tun is a different stroke I believe,I was taught to play it by striking the syahi with my pointer finger only creating an open ring sound.

I would let someone who is very experienced with tabla and is a professional answer. But not to many people are very active with answering questions. So take my advise and information as a guide, not the ultimate word in tabla.

Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 26, 2001 08:08 p.m.

Oh yeah the main strokes I use are Tita, ghe, dha, dhin, tun, tin, ta, ka. These are the strokes used in the kyadas i have learned.
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 27, 2001 01:34 a.m.

I just like to add to Monk's comment, on the "tin" also add "ka"(with left hand) on the "Bian".
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 27, 2001 08:07 a.m.

when you play rela one of these bols is used :tete,tirakita,dheredhere
The last one is also called TiraTira or sparkling fish.
For the dayan you also have Tak:a four-finger strike on the syahi(muted)
For the bayan:Kat this is like Ka but more powerful and with the whole hand.
Together with the bols BuddistMonk and Playtabla already give you
this are the most common bols.
I know its confusing because sometimes different names are given to the same bol.
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 27, 2001 11:58 p.m.

Swara, can you briefly explain the stroke "tirakita". My teacher said Tirikita was like playing TiTa Kata. But he also said TiRa can be played like Tita only using more of the palm of your hand rather than the tips of your fingers. Which way of playing Tirakita are you reffering to?
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Aug 28, 2001 03:21 a.m.

Tirakita,Terekete,Tirikiti,Titakata. You see all these names for the same bol. It just depend of the Gharana of your teacher.
My teacher is from the Benares Gharana and calls it Tirikiti. In this style Tirikiti (you name it Titakata) is played with more power than in other styles. Ti is played with middle- and ring finger,Ri with index finger,Ki is same as Ka and Ti is again played with middle- and ring finger. Some other Gharanas play Ti with just the middle finger.
Tere (Tere+Ghe=Dhere) or Tira can be played, like you said, with the outer and inner edge of the palm.
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Sep 02, 2001 01:38 p.m.

What gharana calls it "terekete"?
Re:tabla bols(strokes) Sep 03, 2001 03:29 a.m.

I don't know. Once a met a person who named it terekete. I think this terekete is more like a misunderstanding of writing down the bols a teacher gives to a student. Indian people have another pronouncement of the vowels. Maybe i'm wrong,just guessing.
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