Tabla Basics | Hindustani Classical | Level I

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This long term course is best suited for students who have completed their beginners course in playing the tabla. This course looks at polishing and strengthening the foundation of basics of tabla playing in hindustani classical style of music. It introduces students to compositions such as shuruaat, kaida, tukra, chakradar and gat played on the basis of teen taal (16 beats) jhaptal (10 beats ) and rupak (7 beats).

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West Bengal

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50 Weeks
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15 Years Experience
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Professional Music
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B.COM - Accountancy Honours
Calcutta University
MBA - Marketing
Heritage Business School

Course Details

This long term course looks to strengthen the foundation laid out during the beginners course. Students in this course move on from practicing bols or syllable phrases to practicing and playing compositions. The teacher will begin teaching compositions with shuruaat or the beginning in solo tabla playing. Each composition has its own distinct characteristics. Students are taught to observe and adhere to these characteristics when playing the instrument. Kaida which is the next composition after shuruaat, adheres to a strict composition structure. Students get to play and learn each bol and the finger technique to render the bol on the tabla. They learn the application of each bol and its improvisation in kaida. Moving ahead, students get to practice rela, here in, students learn to play, repeating bols at increased speed.

The next composition structure students are taught is the tukra, which predominantly is played at the culmination of a solo performance. It too like rela is characterised by bols played at speed. Further on in the course students get to practice chakradar with a distinct characteristic that adheres to a cyclical form of rendering bols or syllable on the tabla, played or repeated thrice or in three cycles. Progressing further students are introduced to gat compositions, this composition provides students plenty of room for interpretation and improvisations. The various compositions taught in this course are all played as per a rhythmic cycle of beats. Students playing the different compositions follow fixed patterns of rhythm which is either a 16 beat rhythm as in the case of teen taal, a ten beat rhythm pattern termed jhaptaal or a seven beat cycle known as rupak. By the culmination of this course students are well versed with the basics of tabla playing, elementary compositions and playing these compositions as per rhythm cycles or taals.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of playing tabla, Here is another course tailored by Sourabh Goho: Tabla Basics | Hindustani Classical | Tabla Lessons For Beginners In Tabla Training Course

About Sourabh Goho: Music is in his genes. Born to an acclaimed musician father harmonium maestro Pandit Jyoti Goho, Sourabh entered the world of music at the tender age of five. A couple years later Sourabh was training with renowned tabla artist Pandit Shankar Ghosh. Another couple years and the young tabla player was performing for his master’s orchestra at the age of nine. Sourabh’s undoubted talent kept evolving complimented by his perfecting skills, leading him to earn a National Scholarship Award from the Government of India in 2010. The scholarship, is not the only feather in his cap as he has accumulated awards and accolades aplenty. Sourabh as a young exponent of tabla, has been enchanting audiences, at home and abroad, with his skillful mastery of the tabla. In his twenties Sourabh has a bright distinct future in front of him with every possibility he gets his name etched in the history books as one among the illustrious tabla artists of his generation.



Value Additions

Value Additions: By the end of this course, you will be able to graduate from being a novice tabla player to being efficient at playing the tabla. Undergoing this course and completing it successfully will ensure that you are familiar with five elementary compositions and playing them adhering to the rhythmic cycles or taals, paving your way forward to learn more complex compositions and rhythm patterns. By the culmination of this course you would gain the understanding about elements involved in solo tabla playing and with regular practice and further learning will be on your way to performing a solo act in the not so distant future.


The ipassio Edge

The ipassio edge: Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Course specific benefits: This course is best suited for students looking to hone their basics and take their tabla playing a ability a notch higher. Students get well versed with playing different compositions following the rhythmic cycle of varying beats. This course also enhances the tabla players solo playing abilities with its emphasis on making the student capable of playing solo in front of an audience. The rigorous practice through the duration of this course ensures students can move to the next levels of tabla playing exploring complex compositions.


This Tabla Basics - Level I course requires;

Basic knowledge about the tabla and elementary compositions

Tabla set in good condition

Weekly Schedule

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Section A
Mon 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
2 Seats
Section B
Tue 04:30 AM - 05:30 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
Section C
Tue 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM America/New_York
1 Seat
Section D
Thu 08:30 PM - 09:30 PM America/New_York
0 Seat
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Will students receive course material such ppt's and PDF's related to this course?
Students will get written notations of compositions being practiced during the class, through mail, on request.
Will students be assessed during this course? Will they get a certificate on completion of this course?
Yes, students will be assessed every month to gauge their progress. No, students will not receive any certification.
How long should students practice everyday?
Students should look at investing a minimum of an hour or 1 hour everyday for practice.
How long does a student need to practice before presenting a solo performance?
It is a long process. Students need to be diligently practicing and perfecting their skills. It can be a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years before a student can present a solo performance in front of an audience. A lot depends on the student's capabilities too.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.

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