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PFC Durjan

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Hey guys, I'm very new to this forum. I recently left for military training and that kind of took me away from tabla for about 6 months. I've recently gotten back and I'm regained whatever little skill that I had before I left. How do I get better? I feel like my playing has really plateaued and I've stopped making progress. Do you guys ever find yourself stuck? and if so, how do you get out of it?
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Try learn some new material

Try doing something different with the material you have (play it faster - or mix it up)

Practice Practice Practice

Try play better quality bols - or try to get the composition up near where you have seen a pro play it !

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Find another tabla player or better still a sitar player to jam with and help push you along...

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Hi

i'm no teacher by far but here are my own thoughts on this:

plateau's can happen with tabla, you can go for ages and seem to not make any progress then it can come as a flurry when you least expect, at least it can with me, it's a great feeling to first start to make some sense of a composition, like cracking a code!

It may seem counter intuitive - but make sure you take a rest from playing, maybe a whole day or two without any playing per week, the mind will still be working on it all in the subconcious, do something else you enjoy, don't force it.

When I feel really stuck I go back over compositions that I have not worked on for a long time and by varying the material this helps me to make connections I think with other bols I'm working on.

My biggest suggestion in these periods is to be curious and consume all the material you can, listen to different players and styles , watch how they play and try to copy it , especially the grooves that you love , read the books and recite more (reciting is something i need to do more of too!)

Just hang on in there and it will come!
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Well when I get into one of these ruts ( I think it happens to everyone !)
I tend to do one of the following:

Try to really focus in on one small composition and treat it like a microcosm where you can manipulate a single aspect at a time.
For example, move the accent.. or flip the composition back to front / put the sum in the middle... or make all the te tes / ti tas really sharp and clear
.. or play bass all the way through and focus on variations for the baya.. (constant ge ge ge ge...)
This (often) sheds new light on something you thought you already knew.


Find a you tube video that really inspires you and try to transcribe it.. choose one more or less at your level obviously but played by a master none the less (or a lesson with a master)
For example, I've just spent my practice time yesterday and today transcribing and learning some of these kaidas..

I love them already!


Focus on recitation with familiar material and try improvising with it.. I find this really hard but it really opens doors in your mind if you can persevere with it.

Hope this helps and I really concur with all the previous suggestions!
Marc

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Oh, one other thing...

I have found it really useful to record my playing of a composition, listen back, criticise and then try to make improvements on timing, clarity etc.
Continue in this cycle until what you are hearing sounds like the composition as you've heard it played well elsewhere!
This is a great way to see improvement IMHO

Marc

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