Living in rural Wales far from any Indian communities i am finding it hard to find either a tabla tutor or suitable tabla learning aids. Can anyone suggest tabla resources that have helped them learn - from the very beginning - I don't even know how to tune them! Your help really would be appreciated.
Tuning of the tabla is very important, and sadly all the written descriptions of the tuning process didnt help me much before I found a teacher. If you are going to try to tune them up before getting a teacher than dont hit the gajara very hard with the hammer, and DONT hit the straps, hit inbetween them. What would help is seeing someone do it, or a video of someone doing it. That was a problem with Davids introduction video, it never showed him acually tune, just tell you how. But it is a good video. I suggest you seek a teacher if at all possible, but if not, then get the fundementals of tabla and a video about the bols. If you are going to learn on your own, it will be hard.