Teaching Material on the Tabla


Tabla DVD Video Tutor with 6 Months routine

Taught by Tabla maestro Sajal Karmakar
The set consists of two 2 DVDs, 1 textbook in English and 1 audio CD (studio recording);
For details see description below.
Price 89,50 Euro
inclusive of 19% V.A.T.
plus 3,60- Euro Shipping within Germany
Shipping world wide 3,90 Euro
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Very recommendable! You learn systematically with a fixed course routine, at home alone! Over the course of 26 weeks you will receive a new lesson per week and a new practice plan.

For every beginner we urgently recommend this systematic course. The DVDs on offer below can be recommended as an additional complement but they can by no means replace the Tabla course for those who want to take up Tabla playing. Only Teach Yourself Tabla Vol. 2 and 3 could be an enrichment after this 6 months’ course.

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DVD part 1 (49 minutes): History of the Tabla; description of the different parts of the instrument; Tabla alphabet and basic principles; partial exercises to familiarise yourself with the Tabla syllables.

DVD part 2 (86 minutes): Different compositions (Kaidas, Tukras and Chakradar Tukra); every new lesson and the individual compositions of the practice plan can be directly selected on the menu.

1 textbook (90 pages): contains detailed instructions; all compositions of the course; a 6 months' course routine (the weekly changing practice plan) and there is a part "frequently asked questions". The textbook is in English.

Tabla Solo Audio CD: A 66 minute studio recording of the Tabla maestro Sajal Karmakar, accompanied on the Sarangi by Shri Vijai Kumar Mishra on electronic Tanpura.

Tabla DVD Tutor by Sajal Karmakar  Tabla DVD Tutor by Sajal Karmakar 
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TinTal Lahara CD-Sets

Available in the following 4 tunings:
C sharp, G, A and A sharp

Price: 19,95 Euro
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Shipping world wide 3,90 Euro
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Produced by David Courtney: wonderful CD sets with Lahara- / Nagma melodies in Tintal. The CDs play in constant repetition a simple melody (Lahara or Nagma) and are designed for accompaniment and as practice aid for Tabla players and Kathak dancers. With these double CD sets every CD player turns into a Lahara machine!

The CD sets have two great advantages compared to the usual electronic Lahara machines: with a set price of 19.95 Euros they are considerably cheaper and with a recording of Harmonium, Santur and Tanpura they offer a considerably more natural, more pleasant sound pattern. Every set consists of two CDs with five tracks of about 15 minutes each which makes a total playing time of 2 x 75 minutes.

Please state the desired tuning on the order form under "Other comments"!

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CD 1

  • Raga Desh 50 bpm (tempo in beats per minute)
  • Raga Desh 60 bpm
  • Raga Desh 70 bpm
  • Raga Pilu 85 bpm
  • Raga Pilu 100 bpm

CD 2

  • Raga Pilu 120 bpm
  • Raga Pilu 140 bpm
  • Raga Pilu 170 bpm
  • Raga Khambavati 200 bpm
  • Raga Khambavati 240 bpm

Tintal-Lahara CDs are available in the following four tunings: C sharp, G, A and A sharp – please always state the desired tuning when ordering! How do you find out which tuning you need?

The easy way:
Order a Lahara CD set in C sharp. The majority of standard Tablas is built for a tuning in this pitch. As a rule you only have to tune your Tabla a little bit higher or lower so that it matches the Lahara CD.

The detailed way:
The four available tunings enable experienced musicians who would like to tune their Tabla to other notes than C# to find at least one suitable Lahara CD for every note of the chromatic western scale. The tunings are selected in a way that every Tabla that corresponds to western notes is tuned on one of the CDs either to Sa (keynote), Pa (fifth), Shuddha Ma (fourth) or Shuddha Ga (major third) and thus they sound harmoniously together. For a better understanding there are two tables below with the different possible suitable combinations:

Lahara: Suitable for Tablas tuned to:
C# C# (Sa),  G# (Pa),  F# (Shuddha Ma),  F (Shuddha Ga)
G G (Sa),  D (Pa),  C (Shuddha Ma),  H (Shuddha Ga)
A A( Sa),  E (Pa),  D (Shuddha Ma),  C# (shuddha Ga)
A# A# (Sa),  F (Pa),  D# (Shuddha Ma),  D (Shuddha Ga)

Tabla: Recommended Lahara set:
C G (good)
C# C# (perfect),  A (good)
D G (perfect),  A (good),  A# (good)
D# A# (good)
E A (perfect)
F A# (perfect),  C# (good)
F# C# (good)
G G (perfect)
G# C# (perfect)
A A (perfect)
A# A# (perfect)
H G (good)

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