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hathi1

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I have just started learning to play Tabla and can play Tirakita (4 bols) but dont know what Traka is and how exactly it is played. Any guidance on this would be very much appreciated.
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sohummusicals

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Traka is a short form of tirakita.. and when played fast. sound just the same as tirakita.
How is it played?
Tra => with ring finger on the syahi. hit the middle finger and then the index finger at the center of the syahi. (Same way as the dilli style of playing tete.. but this is quicker than tete since its a 1/2 Matra)
Ka => join middle finger and ring finger and hit it at the center of the syahi.

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taal

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Although it might be a practise for some to play Traka in place of Tirakita in high speed, basically both are totally different bols, and they even sound different. In Devnagri script, both are written quite differently, it is the beauty of Devnagri to combine letters to make a composite letter, and it's pronounciation is different than parent letters. Bol Kda is another exaample. They are flams while playing.
Please consult your teacher for proper palying of these bols.

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hathi1

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Thank you Upendra. Are you saying that the Ka is played on the Tabla rather than the Bayan? If so, then Traka is played almost similar to Tirakita without the Ki on the Bayan. If I understand it correctly, then in the following Prakar of Taal Dadra,

DhaGhe Dhin NaKaTraKa DhaGhe Tin Nakatraka

The beats 3 and 6 are made of 4 bols which are Na, Ka, Tra and Ka. Tra is similar to playing TeTe delhi style and the last Ka is played on the Tabla with the middle and ring finger together in the middle of the shiyai as you have described above.

Thanks / Hathi
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hemant

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In Punjab gharana we play Tri Kre which is the same fingers striking as tirekit but it sounds more like two bols.

The analogy in western music would be a flam.
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sohummusicals

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Originally Posted by "hathi1"
Thank you Upendra. Are you saying that the Ka is played on the Tabla rather than the Bayan? If so, then Traka is played almost similar to Tirakita without the Ki on the Bayan. If I understand it correctly, then in the following Prakar of Taal Dadra,

DhaGhe Dhin NaKaTraKa DhaGhe Tin Nakatraka

The beats 3 and 6 are made of 4 bols which are Na, Ka, Tra and Ka. Tra is similar to playing TeTe delhi style and the last Ka is played on the Tabla with the middle and ring finger together in the middle of the shiyai as you have described above.

Thanks / Hathi
Ka from the Traka is a Dayan bol ...not Bayan.

Taal...I do agree that it is a different bol but it sounds the same when played fast. Also it depends on how clearly you play it. if your tra..sound fade with fast speed(Quad speed-chaogun) then definitely it will sound different from Tirakita.
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