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I play sitar in a fusion project where my sitar is tuned to D 440hz. Our Indian tabla player is always 'complaining' about that pitch. I am not sure why since about 75% of today's sitar players tune to D. Is D 440hz a difficult pitch for tabla to tune to or not?

What are the minimum and maximum pitch ranges a tabla can be tuned in?
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It may be that your tabla player has a tabla tuned well below D, so it's hard for him to get it up to pitch.  D is certainly doable, assuming the tabla is not too large - generally, the larger the tabla the lower the pitch (generally, each size has a fairly limited optimum range).

Many accomplished players have several tablas of various sizes tuned accordingly so as to be able to accommodate the lead instrument.

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It may be that your tabla player has a tabla tuned well below D, so it's hard for him to get it up to pitch.  D is certainly doable, assuming the tabla is not too large - generally, the larger the tabla the lower the pitch (generally, each size has a fairly limited optimum range).

Many accomplished players have several tablas of various sizes tuned accordingly so as to be able to accommodate the lead instrument.


Thanks. Yes he has various different sized tablas. I think 5 or so. He just send me some recordings on a track from me and I noticed they are pitched 500 cent or so higher that the rest of the music which is in D 440 hz. Which is annoying because it sounds out of tune. I have to pitch shift the whole tabla track to make it in tune.

Also another question: what is best way to record a tabla? Do you use close micing? One or two mics? Any specific mic recommendations? It's for a fusion track.

The recordings he send me sound very hollow bathroom like. Not good. I guess he had put the mics to far? He is a good tabla player but he has no experience recording himself. So I have to give him some guidelines to make better quality recordings. Any help is welcome.
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I know less about recording than you, but others among us are qualified to help.  The following might be a good thread to pursue:  https://forum.chandrakantha.com/post/eqing-tablas-10459970?pid=1311088942
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I know less about recording than you, but others among us are qualified to help.  The following might be a good thread to pursue:  https://forum.chandrakantha.com/post/eqing-tablas-10459970?pid=1311088942


Ok thanks! I will have a look.
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