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HomeTablaIntroduction to Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Basic Level 1

Introduction to Tabla | Hindustani Classical | Basic Level 1

by Alpesh Moharir

5/5 | 7 Class Reviews

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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. Students pursuing the course, on conclusion of this course will be able to produce basic syllables on the Tabla. Learning to follow rhythm cycles of six and eight beats would improve and enhance the student’s understanding about the fundamentals of any song, enabling them to play the song on Tabla. 

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    10 weeks

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    7 (for this course)

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    Educator Profile

    Alpesh Moharir

    17 Years Experience

    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

    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. Gain 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 the 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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