Learning to play Tabla
Jason Kalidas studied Tabla for 10 years before learning melodic music, Jason is available to give Tabla lessons as well as Bansuri.
This highly rewarding and challenging instrument is often regarded as the acme of all percussion, it can mimic melody and is deeply expressive. Tabla can fit well into many musical genres and is a solo instrument as well as accompaniment. Practising Tabla can be very enjoyable and there is no end to the repertoire available. The music of Tabla gives a very thorough understanding of rhythm.
As Raaga is the science of melody Talla is the science of rhythm and Indian music has gone to the same incredible depths in beats as it has in tones!
Tabla is taught in the traditional North Indian classical method. It uses a system of rhythmic cycles rather than ‘bars’ which at first may seem a bit alien compared to the western standard it is in fact way more natural and easier to grasp. Hence if you are a beginner this is a great way to get to grips with rhythm.
Students will need their own set of Tabla and a minimum of 30 mins a day of practice.
Please feel free to call or SMS for more information on lessons. +44 (0) 7957 296468 or email [email protected]
Jason is a natural teacher and his Skype lessons are packed with useful tips, structured exercises and some inspired playing. Being at a distance isn’t a problem at all and we have played duets and call/response very easily. My practice has come on a great deal and that wouldn’t have been possible without the lesson.
Jason is such an inspiring teacher that I can not explain in words. As a professional, in our busy schedules, we go through highs and lows of learning – but what inspires me most is Jason’s ever-positive persona, unassuming personality, understanding of his student’s strengths and weaknesses – and ability to motivate them. I feel energetic, and uplifted after each lesson with Jason.
I highly recommend Jason as a teacher of the Bansuri. Lessons are relaxed and fun, and I have come a long way. We meet up on Skype and even though I was on a slow broadband connection I was still able to learn.