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Acelga

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Hi,
I should prepare at least one of these compositions that most tabla players use to recite and then play.
I understand that not every random kaida/rela or tukra sounds nice when recited and some compositions are most interesting for the audience, when recited.
Some ideas what compositions are popular or suitable for being recited, then played?
Some tips on reciting? I am scared as hell to do this but the guys I play with asked me to try it. :|
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Pretty much any short composition can be suitable for recitation followed by playing. Gats and Tukras are the most popular. If you are to pick one, pick one that you like even if it is a kaida/rela theme - recitation followed by playing that follows the accents and cadences of the recitation faithfully is a real aesthetic delight.
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That was one of the most delightful recitation of a tabla compositions that I've heard recently!

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Hi,
I should prepare at least one of these compositions that most tabla players use to recite and then play.
I understand that not every random kaida/rela or tukra sounds nice when recited and some compositions are most interesting for the audience, when recited.
Some ideas what compositions are popular or suitable for being recited, then played?
Some tips on reciting? I am scared as hell to do this but the guys I play with asked me to try it. :|
Actually, every composition should sound good when recited. Tabla bols are a poetic language. Drum poetry. Typically however, gats, tukras (as Evening84 stated previously), bol parans, and parans are the compositions most typically recited.

If you can't say it, you can't play it!

Shawn

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Amen to that Shawn!

Here is a great video of a dear friend of ours who passed away not too long ago. He played and recited so enthusiastically, it was always a joy to watch:


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If you can't say it, you can't play it!

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That is very true - I have to work on my recitations more ! ! !

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Pandit Shankar Ghosh recommends AT LEAST 50% playing and 50% recitation.

A great man who I met all too briefly...



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If you can't say it, you can't play it!

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That is very true - I have to work on my recitations more ! ! !

I do not completely agree here. I find myself playing some things out of pure inspiration at speeds that my tongue could nowhere nearly catch up to. I am sure with practice I might be able to say the bol out loud, however, find myself lost in the enjoyment of the actual sound...it is like...I am detached from the body...and watching a third person play.

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I was never a big fan of recitation, therefore I don
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All amateurish.

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Somewhat tangential but still largely relevant, so here it goes.

I have quite often thought of recitation and playing as akin to software and hardware. For some compositions, my software lags (I cannot quite get the spacing and/or emphasis right in recitation, for example); other times the hardware lags (I can recite fine but execution falters - more often than not due to inadequate riyaaz). But with every new piece, I have this 'catch me if you can' dance between the two components that can be strangely frustrating and motivating at the same time.

So, do recite. It will grow on you.
Talk to me, says the two-headed demon that tortures us all .

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Do you guys have some tips on reciting long phrases like i.e. "tirikititakatakatirikititakatakatirikititaka bols bols" at crazy speeds? There is sure some shortcut.
Sing it like: terki- tah- tah- terki- tah- tah- terki- tah-

Now try it really fast! Easy afterall, isn
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I was never a big fan of recitation, therefore I don
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