Hindustani Rhythm

with Ciro Montanari

  • North Indian, Afghan
  • All Instruments
  • English

Description

This course will focus on the varied aspects and nuances of Hindustani rhythm. We will learn to sing and clap different tala (rhythmic cycles), and study different composition styles. Tala is the rhythmic language developed to express the wide soundscape of the tabla, a language reproduced through the voice with “bol,” meaning “to speak,” which is a code of onomatopoeic syllables.
 
We will cover the different tala, including Tintal, Jhaptal, Rupak, Keherwa, and Dadra, along with different aspects of Hindustani rhythm:
 
Kayda: improvisational composition present in many rhythm cycles with specific rhythmic and aesthetic rules regarding the development of phrases. 
Tihai: rhythmic sequence used to conclude a composition.
Peshkar: typical movement of a tabla solo performance consisting of different rhythmic aspects.
Layakari: rhythmic modulations. 
 
We will also look at fixed rhythmic compositions: Tukra, Ghat, Paran, and Chakradar.  
 
The course is open to anyone interested in Hindustani rhythm, drummers and other instrumentalists alike. In order to focus on the rhythmic content, students should be relatively comfortable on their instrument.

This course includes

  • 15 Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access to Video Recordings
  • Certificate of Completion

Student requirements

  • Instrumental technique: intermediate
  • Western theory: any level
  • Modal music theory: any level
  • Sight reading: any level
  • Transposition: any level
  • Learning by ear: intermediate
  • Composition: basic
  • Improvisation: intermediate

Day Date Start Finish
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.


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