Probably agree with you on that one Andy. Another two would be the riq or kanjira. I have noodled with tablas but I really like either a riq or kanjira. Routinely I get stuck in traffic for 3-4 minutes at a time, then I move up 30 meters and wait another 3-4 minutes. During the wait, I play my riq; it keeps me groovy rather than stressed over traffic.
Wow! thats all i can say is just wow! your right! definitely a joy to watch!
Ya I agree with you! I have never drummed so much with my mouth wide open when I was in his workshops. He travels a lot, so you he might be giving a workshop near you. (Or you might consider attending a workshop in some far away country as your educational vacation!) You can find his schedule on his website:
I’d have to say that each instrument has it’s own challenges. Any hand drum requires precise technique in order to get the best sound. Even though I haven’t studied them, I’d agree that Indian percussion instruments are among the most highly nuanced. I’ve always found tama (talking drum) to be really tricky, due to the way you bend your wrist while squeezing the cords to increase the pitch.
Djembe requires a lot of strength and speed in the arms and shoulders, but it also requires a solid groove, which is perhaps why so many people find it to be a natural fit. I’d say that learning djembe will improve your overall feeling and tempo as a drummer.
Love Mamady Keita… he’s so chilled and approachable even though he’s practically a legend…. smile
Greetings, I would say a love, Tabla players and i have performed with several Indians percussionists and a great, Sitar Player. There is no question of the skills of the tabla players, but, as it is always said you have to see it all. There is a complex Yoruba patterns, ( 6,8 signature), which is played with three congas. I did it one time, for a show at the, Rice University Festival and for my students several times. It have to be observed to graded it. But the, Tabla, has its own star in the percussion world. Gerry Zaragemca