Course Overview

Tabla is one of the most popular percussion instruments in the world. It is played with the hands and produces a wide range of musical sounds which are arranged into distinct rhythmic compositions and improvisations. You will learn a wide repertoire of pieces, how to improvise and how to accompany songs, instruments and dance as well as to play with classical, folk and popular music.


  • Basic finger technique
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • Simple pieces incl. kayadas, moharas and mukhras
  • Basic theme and variation pieces
  • Improvising paltas and tihais
  • Basic time keeping Taals


  • How to develop technique and fluency
  • Compositions including Tukras, Gats and Relas
  • Simple improvisation
  • Introduction to notation
  • Learning how to tune the sitar
  • Playing with Lehara and Tabla accompaniment
  • Performing in public


  • Compositions clung Uthan, Bant, Peshkar
  • Performing in variety of Talas
  • Sophisticated Improvisation techniques
  • Accompanying skills

Students need to have a note book to notate pieces and make notes on theory, and a folder to keep handouts in.

You will be given an instrument to learn on initially but you will have to provide your own instrument so that you can practise at home.