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As the topic makes evident, this is not about tabla directly, but it's an encouraging story about what focused practicing can achieve musically speaking. The long and the short of it is this: He quit playing the piano at 16 and moved on to other things, and then suddenly at the mature age of 56 he decided not only to take up the piano, but decided to learn one of its most difficult piece, the Chopin Ballde #1. Being a very busy man, he only had 20 minutes a day to spare. He gave himself a year, but it took a bit longer at 18 months. Still, he did it, and learned to play a reasonable version of a very difficult piece.

With great satisfaction, he notes that ...
It's heartening to know that, quite well into middle age, the brain is perfectly plastic enough to blast open hitherto unused neural pathways and adapt to new and complicated tasks. So, no, it's not too late.
Very encouraging news indeed!


My opinion given without any warranties, expressed or implied, that it's even relevant. It would be folly to rely on my opinion without seeking more professional tabla advice. If you are suffering from a tabla condition, seek immediate attention.

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Interesting story/article - shows you that anything is possible if you really want it - and age is never an excuse either!
"The beginning of life is rhythm. When you’re in the womb your mother’s heart is beating at (about 90) decibels ... we were born of vibration 13.7 billion years ago with the explosion of the universe."
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