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Tabla Class Notes

Bayan Bols
  • These sequences help improve the quality of bayan bols.
  • Choose a comfortable even tempo (40-60 bpm suggested) 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 phrases are indicated by grouping bols together in a single color.
  • When shown with a subscript, e.g. Ge1, the bayan bol is played with a single (index) finger. All other times the bayan bols are played with two fingers (middle and ring together).
  • Similarily Dha1 = Ge1 + Ta. Dhin1 = Ge1 + Tin.
  • 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

8-beat sequence
I Dha Ge1 Ge Ge1 Na Ge1 Ge Ge1








16-beat sequence. Here Ke1 is played with one finger (index). It can also be played as a muted Ge1 with single finger (index). This will facilitate playing at higher speeds. Practice with both the single-fingered Delhi style Ti as well as the three-fingered Purab style Ti for TiTe.

II Ge1 Ge Ti Te Ge1 Ge Na Na Ke1 Ke Ti Te Ge1 Ge Na Na

  • In the table below, each vertical bar indicates 1/4 matra or beat.

1 -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- 4 -- -- --

4-beat sequences. In sequences IV and V, the two fingered and single fingered Ge s should strictly alternate as shown.
III Dha -- -- -- Dhin -- -- -- Dhin -- -- -- Dha -- -- --
IV Dha -- Ge1 -- Dhin -- Ge1 -- Dhin -- Ge1 -- Dha -- Ge1 --
V Dha Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dhin Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dhin Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dha Ge1 Ge Ge1

  • Once you are comfortable with the above sequences, try the one below. Here each vertical bar = 1/8 matra.

1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

4-beat sequence. The two fingered and single fingered Ge s strictly alternate as shown.
VI Dha Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dhin Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dhin Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Dha Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1 Ge Ge1


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