INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: tirakita dha at speed


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tirakita dha at speed Apr 29, 2002 08:57 a.m.

I hope someone can help. When I am moving my fingers from tirakita to dha when I play faster I find my ring finger goes to the side too much and the dha or ta is bad or the tirakita is weak because my hands rush to do the dha.
I think this is a common problem. So I hope people can help me out and other people who have the same problem.
Maybe just doing it very slow to start with is the only way. Then increasing speed slowly as part of my daily prcatice.
Re:tirakita dha at speed Apr 29, 2002 12:05 p.m.


I also have the same problem but as you said, playing slowly (and concentrating on those strokes) solves the problem. My master once told me that one of the reasons Ustad Jaan Ahmad Tirakwa was greatest at the tabla was that he played every stroke the way it should be played whether he was playing fast or slow.
..and keep a good eye on that last ta. I find it the most difficult to handle when playing v fast. ...not so much the dha though.

Re:tirakita dha at speed May 01, 2002 04:31 a.m.

Cheers Rod,
I think continual repetion is the only real way to solve any problem. My teacher also says that yoy must execute each stroke the same when you play slow as fast.
I have been playing now for about 1 and a half years now. So I still have many problems to solve. But beautiful art forms are never simple to learn no matter what they are.
Which country do you live in?
Re:tirakita dha at speed May 01, 2002 11:53 a.m.

Hey Steve,

I live in Herfordshire(UK), about 30-60 minutes from central London depending how you get there. There is a work shop with Pt Anindo chatterjee coming up soon. He will also be playing in July 13th. Learning tabla is tough but it is also the best thing I ever done and great fun.
where do you live?


Re:tirakita dha at speed May 01, 2002 12:57 p.m.

That is great news that Anindo Chatterjee is doing a workshop and a concert in England. I live in Brighton. If you have any more info about the workshop than please send me an e-mail on
Or you can put the info on this forum for all to share. Cheers, Steve.
Re:tirakita dha at speed May 02, 2002 09:50 a.m.


It's on 13th July at 7.00pm at the Paul Robeson Theatre, Treaty centre in houslow - box ofice is 8583 2345

there's also a tabla workshop on sun 14th july 2pm with
Pt A. Chatterjee and bikram Ghosh in hayes - the number for that is 07714 065 078 - Harkirat ----> great site with lots of Indian/tabla music. (These great sites with lots of great Indian/tabla music can be a major threat to my bank account....but, hey, a man needs music to live!!)

Dave (bolcut)
Re:tirakita dha at speed May 06, 2002 02:27 p.m.

Hi Friend,
Your ring finger needn't go to the side at all, just lift up and come right back down to form the last 'te' in terekete. This is a good example of a phrase that screams "Use the 3 finger (delhi style) terekete!" I.E., start with your middle finger. A good practice rela would be,
"Dha tr|kt DHA|tetekata|godigene" accenting the second DHA and playing both the 1st syllable of both the trkt and tete with your middle finger.
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