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Author: Krishna Kumar Agrwal
Hazi Shabban Khan/
Publisher: Manoj Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788131005279
Music is the first art adopted by the primitive man. With the change of time and development of civilization man created a large number of musical instruments. Tabla is a musical instrument which was invented by primitive man when he was living in caves.
Tabla produces sound by beating its upper most surface by hand. There are hundreds of this type of musical instruments in the world and all of them are used widely in our country, more than fifty of this type of instruments are used, but it is the tabla-pair which is known as the king of this group.
Our classical dances could not be performed without playing on the tabla-pair. It also plays the most important role music. Dancers dance on the tune of the tabla, while al other players of the musical instruments follow the tune. It is the reason that operators of the tabla are called tabla-master in the world f music.
Playing on tabla pair is not as easy as it seems. Sound health and regular practice of hours together are must for becoming a perfect tabla-mster. This is a set of two independent instruments and both are tuned before playing. These both pieces are known s male and female and one operated by the right hand and the other by left hand
Proper playing needs good knowledge of the tuning of the both parts and proper movement of fingers. These are the reason that in the beginning you may feel it a bit difficult. But in fact this difficulty is not a problem.
This book is quite capable to provide you complete guidance in a very simple and interesting way.
SELECTION OF THE INSTRUMENT
Classification of the musical-instruments, their uses, merits and limitations and the role of tabla in the field of music
KNOW YOUR TABLA
Its history and importance, comparison between the tabla pair and the mridanga, shapes of tabla, duggi and dhama. Main parts of these instruments with their settings.
TUNE YOUR TABLA PAIR
Selection of proper Notes or swaras for the tabla tuning and practical ways of tuning. How to increase and decrease the pitches of sounds of the table, dagga and dhama.
LAYA OR TEMPO AND TAAL
Definitions of the laya and taal, their uses in tabla-vadan and their main classes and groups.
PRODUCTION OF VARIOUS BOLES ON TABLA PAIR
Seven basic boles or varnas, eleven boles produced on the tabla and four boles of duggi or dhama with all combined boles. Production of each a bole with photographs of proper actions.
SELECTED TECHNICAL TERMS
Sam or Sum, Taali, Khali, Theka, Mohara, Mukhada, Gat, Paran, Tukada, Uthan, Kayada, Palta, Peshkar, laggi, Bant, Rela,
Sangat and Tihaee.
MOHARE, MUKHADE AND UTHANS
Bolesw of three moharas, two mukhdas, three uthans and one theka with sam, taalis and kalis.
PROPER POSTURES FOR PLAYING
Four traditional styles of sitting with several modern styles.
TAALS FOR VOCAL MUSIC
29 easy to play taals, played with film song, folk music
and sugam shastriya sangeet.
EK TAAL AND TEEN TAAL
Complete boles with Thekas, Kayada, Tiyas and Paltas.
OTHER FAMOUS TAALS
51 taals used in dances, classical music, sugam sangeet,
Folk songs and also played in solo form.
SOME UNCOMMON TAALS
33popular taals of small size.
Its importance and limitations, selection, setting and tuning
Of the tables and proper playing.
MRIDANGAM OR PAKHAWAZ
Parts of the mridang with its boles and proper playing.
CONGO, BONGO AND JAZZ
Complete description of these three European instruments
With their tuning and playing.