Basics Of Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Learn To Play Tabla For Beginners

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Alpesh
Last Name
Moharir
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Course Summary

This long term course is a perfect match for all Tabla aficionados who wish to learn the popular Indian percussion instrument. It lays down a strong foundation for beginners teaching the very basics about the artform, that physically and mentally prepares them for not just a solo performance but also enables them to perform in the company of multiple instruments.

Course Duration
52 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$24.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Alpesh
Last Name
Moharir
Number of years of relevant experience
17 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Tabla Indian classical music world music
Study Details
Masters in Performing Arts
The M. S. University of Baroda
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Sanmuk Music Education

Course Details

This long term beginners course is best suited for students wishing to specialise on the ancient Indian percussion instrument, Tabla, in the long run. This course is designed to give students a perfect start by first introducing Tabla as an instrument, its make and maintenance. Training them on the positioning of hands on the Tabla and exercising their fingers to strengthen and getting accustomed to comfortably playing the instrument. Further on, this long term course introduces and emphasises on playing Tabla both as a solo as well as in the accompaniment of other musical instruments and/or any instrumental song. The students will be informed about different gharanas of music as per their requirements.  However, the Delhi gharana style of music will be practiced and taught in detail throughout this course.  

Further on, it explains and discusses about ragas in relation to their speciality to a taal, as well as the different methods of playing these ragas. Students are then familiarized with specific taals like Dadra, Kaharwa, Teen Taal, Rupak, Jhap Taal, Ektaal, Chautaal, Dhamaar, Mattaal and rhythm. Moving on in the course students are tutored to understand music vocabulary in detail, an important component in respect to playing the Tabla. They are also taught the advanced level of writing and interpreting notations in order to play it on the instrument, Tabla.  In the later stages students are taught to identify the different patterns of music in songs, bhajans or ghazals. They are also taught to improvise as well as play in sync to the lap claps and match the rhythm on the Tabla. This long term course also looks to equip students with the knowledge to tune the Tabla, a requirement when playing for longer hours. Furthermore students are instructed on the use of metronome, that indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music.

If the student wants to learn a) How to produce basic syllable on Tabla b) Fundamentals on how to play any song on the Tabla and c) How to follow a time cycle of 6 and 8 beats in a song, Here is another course tailored by by Alpesh Moharir: Introduction to Tabla | Hindustani Classical

About Alpesh Moharir: Alpesh can easily be identified as someone who was born to excel in playing the Tabla. As with any maestro, Alpesh’s inclination towards mastering the Tabla began at an early age. He evolved into an exceptional Tabla player after undergoing training in the guidance of Guru Shri Sudhirkumar Saxena. The training adhering to the guru, shishya parampara or the teacher and disciple tradition, ensured Alpesh went through the rigors of training, residing with his master. The detailed training helped strengthen the foundation of music and paved the way for him to successfully graduate with a masters in music. His dedication towards music saw him earn a scholarship from Northampton University in the UK to study fusion music. Alpesh served a few years as faculty teaching Tabla to primary and elementary level students in the UK, before making a comeback to India to start his own training academy named Sanmuk Music Education, training in Indian classical music and western instrumental music. Alpesh has travelled extensively, performing and winning accolades for his exceptional command over Tabla.

 

Value Additions

In this long term course you will acquire proficient knowledge about the basics of Tabla playing such as positioning of hands, taal, rhythmic cycles and music vocabulary. Having a clear understanding on the abovementioned important components holds you in good stead to graduate to the next level and prepares you for solo performances or performances in the company of other instruments or artists and instrumental music. It enables sound understanding about Dadra, Kaharwa, Teen Taal, Rupak, Jhap Taal, Ektaal, Chautaal, Dhamaar and Mattaal while giving improving your understanding about ragas.

The ipassio Edge

Students attending this program experience multiple advantages. For one they get to train from the best teachers from the convenience of their home or office. Unlike the usual norm the batch strength is restricted to two students per class ensuring the student gets ample time with the teacher and clarifies his doubts in real time.  The limited strength of the class helps the teacher to focus on individual needs of the students while creating a healthy bond between the two.

Course Specific Benefits

Students undergoing this long term course create a strong foundation for themselves with a clear understanding about taal or rhythm. Identifying the patterns of music in the different genres of music and most importantly the confidence and skill to perform solo or accompanied by other instruments or instrumental songs.

 

Prerequites
  1. Tabla set;
  2. Metronome, a device that indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music - Not mandatory; and
  3. Most importantly students opting for this course should have a keen interest to pursue hindustani classical both instrumental and vocal. 

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Sun 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM America/New_York
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Section B
Wed 06:30 AM - 07:30 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Section C
Wed 09:30 PM - 10:30 PM America/New_York
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Section D
Fri 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
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Section E
Mon 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Section F
Sun 03:00 AM - 04:00 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
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FAQs

Question
Do I need to practice everyday?
Answer
Yes, apart from these online tabla lessons, a regular and honest practice of 15 minutes everyday is required.
Question
Will I get any additional resource apart from live training?
Answer
Yes, the teacher will share pdf notes, audio/ video files and links for reference.
Question
What if I miss a class session?
Answer
As a practice, it is expected that the student informs the teacher 2 days in advance. However, in case if it is less than 2 days, the decision is based on the teacher's availability and the same will be communicated by the teacher.
Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, the lessons in this course can be customized to a certain extent based on the discussion between the teacher and student. In this case the course fee and duration may vary.
Question
How will the student be tested on his Tabla playing capability?
Answer
A pattern of exams is in place to test the students playing, listening and technical capabilities.
Question
Can you provide some tips on buying a full set of Tabla, such as the brand or approx. cost?
Answer
It depends on the actual location of the student. Approximately, a full set of good quality Tabla should cost from INR. 7,000/- onwards depending on the material and manufacture. A detailed guidance on buying a Tabla can be taken from the teacher during the classes.
Question
Can someone used to playing drums learn the Tabla?
Answer
Yes, anyone who can devote time for practice and have little patience can learn Tabla. Having Drums background can help him to connect strongly at rhythmic level and also widen up the creativity levels.
Question
How long does it take to become a Tabla professional?
Answer
There is no end to learning. But the approximate time duration one can take to become a Tabla professional, is about 7 to 8 years of consistent and dedicated practice.

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