INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Tabla Forum: Help! Need a Tabla Solo


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Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 25, 2002 04:49 p.m.

I am looking for a simple tabla solo hopefully with all or most of the elements of a solo, e.g., peshkar, kaida, rela, etc. Can anyone help me with one or point me in the right direction?

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Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 26, 2002 07:04 a.m.

Clarification: I am looking for a written solo composition, not a recorded solo.


Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 26, 2002 07:28 a.m.

buy Alla Raka's book. It is a good solo. Stick to it and later u could add more compositions if u want.
Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 26, 2002 04:28 p.m.

Check different players out and their ways of developing a theme. You can start by playing variations by others, but don't stick to it. Use your own ideas and rhythmic developments also. There are Dutta's Tabla lessons and practice and Poetic drumming also besides Alla Rakha's book and they are both very good!!


Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 27, 2002 07:55 p.m.

Thank you, Rod. Thank you, Jake. Very good guidance. I appreciate it.


Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Jul 28, 2002 02:08 p.m.

I am glad that I could help. Just gather information and start practicing.
Good luck.
Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Aug 05, 2002 05:03 p.m.

The biggest free tabla database is on the austin tabla website.
ingredients for a simple solo: Play 3 kaidas with 4 or 5 paltas each and tihia. Then you can speed up to simple rela with 3 or 4 paltas and tihia
add 2 or 3 tukras and a Chakradar
For a more flamboyant meal begin with a spicey
peshkar with 7 or 8 variations and a chakradar ending , increase your kaidas to 7 or 8 paltas. increase speed and mix in one kaida that has a rela counterpart . add a pinch of laggi for authentic flavor. Follow with 3 or 4 tukras and be sure to recite before playing . For desert add a sumptous tripoli gat. Finish off with a Formeishi chakradar.
Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Aug 08, 2002 03:30 p.m.

Mixing kaida and rela like that enables to expand variations. Thanks for the tips from you and Warren!!
Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Aug 08, 2002 06:49 p.m.

Warren brings up some good options. Another one is to mix rela and fixed compositions.
Re:Help! Need a Tabla Solo Aug 09, 2002 10:15 a.m.

There are a number of kaida compositions that have a rela counterpart in other words the accents of the bol remain the same yet the speed doubles up . Tisrajati Kaida example: dhatere kitadha genadha dhagena | dhatere kitadha genadhin nakena | tatere kitata kenata takena |dhatere kitadha genadhin nagena
Rela switch is |dhaterekita terekitadha gerenagadhine nagateregeta | dhaterekita terekitadha gerenagadhine nagaterekita | taterekita terekitata kerenakatine nakateregeta | dhaterekita terekitadha gerenagadhine nagateregeta | This is a great zakir piece. If this is hard to play, think 1 2 3 123, when you switch to rela, the tempo must stay the same so start slow.
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