Basics of Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Level 2







by Alpesh Moharir

20 Years Experience

Performed solo at BBC & at the UK Drum festival.

US $30 per class |

for 1-on-1, 45 mins class

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Instruction Language

: English

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. Students are taught a) how to position the hands while playing the Tabla, b) Elaborate finger exercises to get them accustomed to playing the Tabla, c) How to play the Tabla in solo or accompanied by multiple instruments or instrumental songs, d) To comprehend and use basic music vocabulary in detail and e) To play specific taals.

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Teacher's Profile

Alpesh Moharir

Experience: 20 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Indian Classical Music, World Music, Tabla
  • Education

    Masters in Performing Arts from The M. S. University of Baroda

  • Work Details

    Founder - Sanmuk Music Education

  • 310 Online live sessions completed

    This particular teacher is already a hit among our students.
  • About the Course

    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 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.


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    Oral notation of tabla comprises onomatopoetic syllables called bols. It was Vishnu Digambar, Vishnu Narayan who created the notation system. These notations are preference based and not standardized.The systems have bols written down in a script such as Devanagari.

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