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TablaBeatz

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I was wondering if any of you had some tips to share in playing with a Lehra machine.

I haven't practiced much with it - but recently have started to give it a go again...

AND I don't seem to be very good!!

When playing in teentaal I sometimes miss sum by a tiny bit or not always perfectly on time.
It's hard for me to maintain consistency through all the paltas I play.

1) I find 92 beats per minute a soft spot for my playing - maybe that's too fast to start with? Do I need to perfect it on slower pace before I speed up?
2) is hard practice the only solution - is there anything I am missing (any tips or tricks?)
3) is it critical to practice with a Lehra machine - I like to freestyle a lot - but maybe that's bad discipline as obviously my timing isn't fantastic as I am struggling playing with the machine.

How can I improve my playing with the Lehra machine ? Your help and input is much appreciated !

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Bhakta

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I'm interested to hear some feedback on this post. I seem to have the same problem. I was starting to think that maybe my phone sort of freezes up for a fraction of a second while running the Lehra app I use. I know that I have had other apps freeze up very briefly on me while using them, assuming that my phone isn't great and possibly not a ton of free space on it.

I must say I'm guilty of freestyling also, despite my teacher telling me to use a metronome while I practice. Perhaps using a metronome helps to build the foundation we need before moving on to a Lehra?
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pbercker

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Originally Posted by "TablaBeatz"
I was wondering if any of you had some tips to share in playing with a Lehra machine.

1) I find 92 beats per minute a soft spot for my playing - maybe that's too fast to start with? Do I need to perfect it on slower pace before I speed up?
2) is hard practice the only solution - is there anything I am missing (any tips or tricks?)
3) is it critical to practice with a Lehra machine - I like to freestyle a lot - but maybe that's bad discipline as obviously my timing isn't fantastic as I am struggling playing with the machine.
I very much have a similar issue with keeping time/tempo/rhythm myself (It's a terrible dilemma... I love rhythms ... but can't keep rhythm properly to save my life!).

However, I am persuaded that the way towards improvement (at least for myself) is by doing some time/tempo/rhythm exercises that are independent of practicing tabla. One exercise I do (but not frequently enough) is the following (from Aloke Dutta's book):

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It seems simple enough. Clap on each of the 4 matras while counting aloud the numbers. The second section with silent divisions is much more challending, especially the last 5. It's absolutely crucial that the clapping be completely even (like a metronome).

Jerry Leake also has some interesting resources and exercises designed to improve one's sense of rhythm:

http://www.rhombuspublishing.com/articles/harmonic_time.pdf

He calls these exercises designed to increase "harmonic time awareness". I find some of his exercises very difficult to do.

Pascal

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TablaBeatz

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Thanks for the info Pascal - I'll check it out - I think clapping and counting the beats will definitely help -

I thought I was the only one with the timing issue - especially when Swapanda and other performers make it look like a piece of cake ! !

I was very impressed with jerry leake's timing in some of his youtube videos - It was spot-on!

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