Indian classical music has fascinated the Western world for many years. The tabla in particular has influenced and attracted the attention of a number of aspirants in the country as well as many American and European percussionists. It has been used in popular music as early as the 1960s and can be heard in popular media even today, such as Bollywood music. However, many percussionists may hesitate and stray from this art. The reasons for not entering are varied. Sometimes it’s the lack of instruments, teachers, or the belief that it’s just too hard to learn. This article will address a person’s concerns just to get started with this instrument.
Hindustani music is one of the oldest traditions in the world. Although the mechanics and technical aspects of music have undergone enormous changes over time, the essential characteristics of respect and dedication have remained unchanged. The learning method is to learn from a “guru”, not from the online books or videos available these days. The strong bond between the teacher and his disciple is considered essential for the continuation of the musical tradition. There are two systems of classical music in India, the northern and the southern Indian carnatic. The music of northern India includes tabla popularly known as Hindustani music.
In Tabla, the word “taal” means to applaud. Hand clapping may be the oldest form of rhythmic accompaniment. The most basic unit is “matra” or beat. The next higher level of structure is the “vibhag” which in Western music may be called “bar” or “bar”. This brings us to the concept of a global cycle called “avartan”. If you play a 16-beat structure or “taal”, you have to maintain that structure throughout. One can learn, evolve and become an interpreter or trainer after having acquired knowledge on the fundamental and technical aspects. One can form a performing group of any genre and can also work on recordings in studios these days after learning. Knowledge-based skills are essential for advancing in the industry. The skills, if combined with knowledge and practice, can work wonders as they have done with artists like Zakhir Hussain, Pt. Samta Prassad, Kishan Maharaj, Ustad Ahmad Jaan Thirakva etc.
This article has just given a brief overview of this majestic instrument. To strengthen his capacity and performance, a person should learn the tabla from a good guru or trainer available in prestigious organizations and colleges because they know exactly what one needs while starting this journey to achieve success. .