Masters in Performing Arts from The M. S. University of Baroda
Founder - Sanmuk Music Education
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.
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.
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.