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Tabla Bols
Tabla consists of two drums- the Bayan or Bass drum is played with the left hand. The Dayan or Treble drum is played with the right hand.
Parts of the Tabla- To achieve the correct sound,it is very important where you strike the head of the drum.
These descriptions are valid for both the Bayan and the Dayan.
Resonant sounds should be clear and last as long as possible - think of a bell ringing.
Flat sounds should have impact but become silent quickly.
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Na- is a resonant sound made by striking the dayan drum chat with the index finger while the ring finger rests on the maidan just touching the syahi.
The middle finger stays raised and does not touch the drum.

Here is what Na should sound like
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Tin- is a resonant sound made with the index finger striking the dayan drum chat while the ring and pinky finger rest lightly between the syahi & the maidan.

Here is what Tin should sound like
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Tun- is a resonant sound made by striking the center of the syahi with the index finger.

Here is what Tun should sound like.
Ti-is a non-resonant (flat) sound that can be made in different ways depending on the style in which you are playing.
Here is one way to play Ti - with the middle and ring fingers striking the center of the drum together.

Here is what Ti should sound like.
Ti-is a non-resonant (flat) sound that can be made in different ways depending on the style in which you are playing.
Here is another way to play Ti - with just the middle finger striking the center of the drum.

Here is what Ti should sound like.
Ta- Played exactly like Na is a resonant sound made by striking the dayan drum chat with the index finger while the ring finger rests on the maidan just touching the syahi.
The middle finger stays raised and does not touch the drum.
Here is what Ta should sound like.
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Di- Is a non-resonant (flat) sound made by striking the dayan drum with the palm of the hand slightly curved.

Here is what Di should sound like.
Da- Is a non-resonant (flat) sound made by striking the dayan drum maidan and syahi with the ring finger.

Here is what Da should sound like.
Tta- Like Ti also can be played in different ways, but is always a non-resonant (flat) sound. This variation is played with the ring finger striking the syahi.

Here is what Tta should sound like.
Ka- Is a non-resonant (flat) sound made by striking the bayan drum in the center with the open palm of the left hand. This sound is also known as Ke.

Here is what Ka/Ke should sound like.
Ga- Is a resonant sound made by striking the bayan drum on the maidan with the index finger and quickly pulling it away. Think of the bounce of a ping-pong ball. The heel of the hand should rest very lightly on the maidan as well.
Here is what Ga should sound like.
Ge- Is a resonant sound made by striking the bayan drum on the maidan with both the ring and middle finger and quickly pulling it away. Think of the bounce of a ping-pong ball. The heel of the hand should rest very lightly on the maidan as well.

Here is what Ge should sound like.
Dha- Is a resonant sound made by playing Na and Ga together.

Here is what Dha should sound like.
Dhet- Is a non-resonant (flat) sound made by playing Ti and Ge together.

Here is what Dhet should sound like.
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Dhin- Is a resonant sound made by playing Na and Ge together.

Here is what Dhin should sound like.