Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

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Kodi
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Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

Post by Kodi » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:57 am

Hello everyone, my name is Cody, I'm 21 years old and I am a guitar player of 9 years and guitar teacher. Always had a love for ICM and have been wondering if I should pick up a second instrument. I heard knowing some Tabla and Harmonium will be helpful to solidify rhythm and theory. Is that necessary? I'm also concerned about practice. If I choose to play an Indian instrument, how would you suggest I divide my practice time to continue praciticing guitar and also reaching a proficient level at my second instrument? Thanks for taking the time and look forward to reading your thoughts.

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Re: Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

Post by profpandit » Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:22 pm

@Kodi

It is not really necessary to learn harmonium
since it uses the same set of notes as a guitar.
You could learn the theory of raga instead
which would give you some ideas on melody and composition.

Tabla is a good instrument to learn for hand-drumming
but it's got a steep learning curve
and it's pretty boring at the beginning

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Re: Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

Post by profpandit » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:40 pm

Another instrument you could possibly consider is the sarod
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his 2 sons are popular contemporary sarod players.
The sarod is shaped just like a guitar but it doesn't have frets.
It might be difficult to find an instructor though since it's not very popular

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Re: Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

Post by Kodi » Tue May 02, 2017 2:56 pm

Profpandit

Thanks for the reply. I have been considering either esraj and sitar. I tried Sarod but I found the nails to be a problem with my guitar playing. From researching information over the internet, it seems like with practice, you can manage playing esraj and sitar because they share the same tuning. It's the left hand fingering and bowing technique which will be difficult. I thought about Rudra Veena as well and I know Zia Mohiuddin Dagar was able to play Rudra Veena and sitar too. I thought about Surbahar once I felt comfortable with Sitar to play Dhrupad instead of Rudra Veena. I really have to give myself time to really ruminate and decide as with all these instruments, they require immense dedication and effort.

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Re: Should I learn Tabla and Harmonium? (and introduction)

Post by profpandit » Tue May 02, 2017 9:19 pm

If you can find it,
take a listen to Zia Mohiuddin Dagar playing Raga Yaman Kalyan on the rudra veena
There is a lot of note bending involved
and this is one of the first ragas you learn so it will give an idea of raga

Rudra Veena or Sitar are both probably difficult to learn,
though worth the effort in the long run.
I would guess at least a year of regular practice before you start enjoying what you play

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