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harjasskamal

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Dear All,

Have been playing tabla for years but have never really been able to control the baya. What I mean is: every time I play, it keeps sliding towards me. U know when u play tabla, quite a few people usually slant the baya away from them (for easier playing), but when I do that, and play, soon enough it will slant back towards me and I’ll have to keep re-adjusting.

Any thoughts?
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david

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Probably your chutta is too small.  I have found the only way that I can get a good chutta is to make my own.

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harjasskamal

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Dear David, 

Thank you so much for your reply. And thank you for the video. Yes you're right, sometimes, making things ourselves is a much better option. 

Great! Thanks!

Just to discuss a little more, it could also be due to my technique ya?
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david

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It is possible.  But the rings that come with the tabla are almost always the wrong dimensions, while I am unable to comment about your technique without seeing it.  With the limited information at my disposal I am voting for the rings as the culprit.
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khitchdee

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You have to anchor the base of your palm on  the surface,
then use only your fingers to strike.
Initially, this makes very little sound since your strike velocity is pretty low
Over time, you get stronger and stronger and a distinct sound starts emerging
later, you can start controlling the character of the sound.
But you have to start with an anchor and accept the weak sound initially.
Try this kayada to practice

dhaagae taeTae gaegae taeTae gaegae taeTae kitatak
taakae taeTae kaekae taeTae gaegae taeTae kitatak

Also, to state the obvious, the gaddi on which the baya sits functions to stabilise its resting position.
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