Sunday, March 18, 2018

tips for playing tablas

Tips for Tabla Players

Written by: Sandip Chakravarty

1. Look for Clarity (Don't just emphasize on speed)

At first, you should remember that the clarity has its essence when it comes to playing tabla. What you have to do is to create a top quality tone. Speed is vital, but it's not the most important factor. First, you should try to maintain your tempo and work on the level of clarity.

2. Keep things simple

Simplicity is the secret behind an incredible composition. Veteran tabla players perform with simplicity and clarity. Hence, you don't have to boast how well you are into playing it. Your tone will speak much about your art.

3. Honor the Art

Classical music has elated the lives of many people. Here it's vital to keep in mind that there is a substantial difference between a performer and an artist. Music has a more enticing quality than a performer. The reason is that every artist behind the curtain honors this art and doesn't want to flaunt it. Therefore, he tries his best to better his art. Therefore, your very first step is to honor your tabla.

4. Practice... Practice... Practice!

It's quite vital that you keep practicing your art. No matter what kind of musical art you are interested in, practice is very important. For example, if you are practicing a composition, you have to play it over and over again to that point when you can play it for an hour relentlessly.

5. Focus

As mentioned before, music is a type of devotion and spiritual practice. If you want to be really good, you have to clear your head and mind. Once you have cleaned your heart and mind, you will be devoid of external thoughts. And then you will be able to focus on the art and your result will be incredible. Being in a right frame of mind, you will be able to deliver your best.

6. Listen to different types of music

You should listen to other artists also. However, that doesn't mean you should follow them blindly. You should also pay attention to how much their music is organized. Other than this, you should emphasize on the type of instruments they utilize and the taal they are playing at that moment. In order to get inspired, you must listen to various types of music regularly.

7. Timing is quite vital

You should be well-versed in different types of variations, like taals and compositions. But "timing" is the main tool that you might want to emphasize on. Without this, you may have to struggle a lot. But how can you perfect your timing? Well, it's all about practice!


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