Introduction to Tabla | Hindustani Classical

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This course is a perfect launch pad for beginners interested to learn the popular Indian percussion instrument, Tabla. It will introduce the students to a brief history about the instrument and the Delhi gharana style of playing as that will be the style students will practice and get trained on. Additionally students will 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.

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10 Weeks
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17 Years Experience
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Tabla Indian classical music world music
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Masters in Performing Arts
The M. S. University of Baroda
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Sanmuk Music Education

Course Details

This course will introduce students to the percussion instrument tabla, its make and maintenance. The course will then, a) Delve into the basic aspects of Tabla, like Counting, Reciting, understanding of different Taals or rhythm cycles and Grammar of Tabla. They will also be taught the basic level of writing, interpreting notations in order to play it on the tabla.  Students herein will also get briefed about the frequently used terms in music or music vocabulary as per what is being taught; b) The ensuing sessions in this course would lay emphasis on students to learn finger techniques, sound development and rhythm development; c) Since this short term class is introductory, it will not dwell much into solo Tabla playing, concentrating more on accompaniments with other musical instruments and/or instrumental songs. As such, students will be taught time signatures for bhajans, ghazals or film songs to practice accompaniment. Students, also get familiarised with raags in respect to accompanying instruments - Harmonium and Sarangi - as both of these instruments play as per raags; and d) Further on, students will learn and comprehend ‘bols’ that define taals, vocally.

Further, this course will specifically emphasise on Dadra, Kaharwa, Teen Taal and Rupak taal and their rhythm patterns. On successful completion of this course the student would have learnt to produce the basic syllable on the Tabla. Gained the understanding to follow a 6 and 8 beat rhythmic cycle, enabling them to play any song on the Tabla.  Further, the students for the purpose of practise, learn to play few classical songs, bhajans, ghazals or ragas during the lessons conducted in this course.  These songs, bhajans, ghazals or ragas will be decided by the Teacher unless the student wants to learn any other specific song or rhythm.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Alpesh Moharir: Basics Of Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Learn To Play Tabla For Beginners

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 while 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 a faculty, teaching Tabla to primary and elementary level students in the UK.  Later, he came back to India to start his own training academy named Sanmuk Music Education, training in Indian classical music as well as western instrumental music. Alpesh has travelled extensively, performing and winning accolades for his exceptional command over Tabla. 

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Attending this course will make you confident about your posture, hand placements as well as movements on the Tabla. You would have acquired the essential skills to play the basic syllables on the Tabla besides gaining an understanding about 6 and 8 beat rhythm cycles, which would enhance your capability to play any song on the Tabla

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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

This course provides for a solid foundation for aspirants wishing to take up the widely popular Indian percussion instrument, Tabla. It provides students an understanding as well as enhances their senses of rhythm and rhythm cycles which form the fundamentals of Tabla playing. Furthermore practicing the Tabla in rhythm cycles of 6 and 8 beats, prepares the students to play any song on the Tabla.



  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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Wed 06:30 AM - 07:30 AM America/New_York
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Section B
Wed 08:45 AM - 09:45 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Do I need to practice everyday?
Yes, apart from these online tabla lessons, a regular and honest practice of 15 minutes everyday is required.
Will I get any additional resource apart from live training?
Yes, the teacher will share pdf notes, audio/ video files and links for reference.
What if I miss a class session?
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.
Can this course be customized?
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.
How will the student be tested on his Tabla playing capability?
A pattern of exams is in place to test the students playing, listening and technical capabilities.
Can you provide some tips on buying a full set of Tabla, such as the brand or approx. cost?
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.
Can someone used to playing drums learn the Tabla?
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.
How long does it take to become a Tabla professional?
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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