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How To Play Tabla - Book By Krishna Kumar Aggarwal and Hazi Shabban Khan

Table Of Contents For 'How To Play Tabla' By Krishna Kumar Aggarwal and Hazi Shabban Khan




1. Selection of the Instrument 9-14
  Classification of the musical instruments, their uses, merits and limitations   
  and the role of the table in the field of music.  
2. Know Your Table 15-21
  Its history and importance, comparison between the table pair and the   
  mridanga, shapes of tabla, duggi and dhama. Main parts of these instruments with their settings.  
3. Tune Your Table Pair 22-25
  Selection of proper notes or swaras for the table tuning and  practical ways of   
  tuning. How to increase and decrease the pitches of sounds of the tabla, dagga and dhama.  
4. Laya or Tempo and Taal 26-30
  Definitions of the laya and taal, their uses in tabla-vadan and their main   
  classes and groups.  
5. Production of Various Boles on Tabla Pair 31-38
  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 bole   
  with photographs of proper actions.  
6. Selected Technical Terms 39-41
  Sam or Sum, Taali, Khali, Theka, Mohara, Mukhda, Gat, Paran, Tukada, Uthan,   
  Kayada, Palta, Peshkar, Laggi, Bant, Rela, Sangat and Tihaee.  
7. Mohare, Mukhade and Uthans 42-45
  Boles of three moharas, two mukhdas, three uthans and one theka with sam,   
  taalis and Khalis.  
8. Proper Postures for Playing 46-50
  Four traditional styles of sitting with several modern styles.  
9. Taals for Vocal Music 51-61
  29 easy to play taals, played with film songs, folk music and sugam shastriya   
10. Ek Taal and Teen Taal 62-70
  Complete boles with Thekas, Kayada, Tiyas and Paltas.  
11. Other Famous Taals 71-88
  51 taals used in dances, classical music, sugam sangeet, folk songs and   
  also played in solo form.  
12. Some Uncommon Taals 89-97
  33 popular taals of small size.  
13. Tabla- Tarang 98-103
  Its importance and limitations, selections, setting and tuning of the tables and   
  proper playing.  
14. Mridangam or Pakhawaz 104-106
  Parts of the mridang with its boles and proper playing.  
15. Congo, Bongo and Jazz 107-112
  Complete description of these three European instruments with their tuning   
  and playing.  


Preface To 'How To Play Table' By Krishna Kumar Aggarwal & Hazi Shabban

A man can live without food and water for some days, but he could not live without music hours together. Primitive man began to use singing and dancing before he started rearing animals and farming. In every part of the world the story is same. The base of human civilization, culture and religion is music. Like the universe, our world and all things of the world, music is also created by God. Singing of the birds, dance of peacock, the melodious sounds made by the flow of water and blowing of air are natural sources of music. According to Hindu religion the creators of music are god Shiva and goddess Saraswati. Our Lord Krishna was a perfect player of the flute and a marvellous dancer. All these stories openly says one thing, that music is the first art adopted by the primitive man.

Music is not only the oldest art, but am universal art also. It is not only an complete art, but an living art too. The river of this art never flow downward. With the change of time and development of civilization man created a large number of musical instruments. Like casio or synthesizer some instruments are latest, like harmonium and guitar some were invented in 17th or 18th century. But most of these are several thousand years old. Tabla is a musical instrument, which was invented by primitive man when he was living in caves.

Tabla produce sound by beating its upper most surface by hands. 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 table-pair which is known as the king of this group. Our classical dances could not perform without  playing on the tabla-pair. It also plays the most important role in classical music. Dancers dance on the tune of the tabla, while all others players of the musical instruments follow the tune.

It is the reason the operators of the tabla are called tabla-master or gurus (teacher) in the world of music. It is the reason, that a tabla master gets much respect and reward in almost every musical programme.

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-master. Tabla is a set of two independent  instruments and both are tuned before playing. These both pieces are known as male and female and one operated by the right hand and other by the left hand. Proper playing needs good knowledge of the tuning of the both parts and proper movement of fingers. These are the reasons that in the beginning you may feel it a bit difficult. But infact this difficulty is not a problem, this book is quite capable to provide you complete guidance in a very simple and interesting way.

Most of the tabla players used to become professional tabla-master in a few years. It is the most wonderful aspect of this art, that playing on tabla is a best profession having minimum competition with maximum bright future. If you want to make music your career than this book will be prove a complete guide and best teacher. The simple language and relative photographs and diagrams are the main features of this book. You may become the perfect player of tabla and a master musician with the help of this book, it is our promise.

----Krishna Kumar Agrwal

Author Krishna Kumar Aggarwal and Hazi Shabban Khan
Pages 112
Cover Paperback
Language English

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