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Tabla Class Notes

Bol Sequence TiTe
  • These sequences are intended to develop the production of the bol sequence TiTe.
  • Choose a comfortable even tempo and practice each sequence in double tempo.
  • Play each sequence 20-30 times or as many times as your time, energy (and patience) will allow.
  • The words in the sequences are indicated by grouping bols together in a single color.
  • In the table below, each vertical bar indicates one matra or beat.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

16-beat sequences. Each half has a 2+2+2+2 pattern in sequences I and II below.
I Dha Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te
II Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Dha Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ta

16-beat sequences. In sequence III, each half has a 3+3+2 pattern. Sequences IV and V contain the other two permutations, namely 3+2+3 and 2+3+3, in each half.
III Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te
IV Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te
V Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te

16-beat sequences. Sequences VI-XI contain various combinations of sequences III, IV and V above and their counterpart halves. e.g. sequence VI = first half of III + second half of IV, VII = first half of III and second half of V and so on.
VI Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te
VII Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te
VIII Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te
IX Dha Ti Te Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te
X Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te
XI Ti Te Dha Ti Te Dha Ti Te Ta Ti Te Ti Te Ta Ti Te


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