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Dhol Rhythms
Based on a post to the Junkmusic Yahoo group - Thanks to Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation

The high pitched end of the dhol is on the right hand side and is struck with a 'thilli', a thin cane in the right hand. The thick bent cane is held in the left hand and strikes the bass end of the drum.


The base rhythm is known as the Chaal, most rhythms use this or variations thereof as the foundation. The underlying feel is like a light shuffle, if you play it like a dotted eighth you're close enough, it is bit square [?] when played straight.

The Punjabi Dhol
The time-honoured craft of indian instrument making is being lost as more lucrative professions become available to the younger generation. Pete lockett takes a look at the time consuming practice of hand-making drums and meets Harjit Singh Shah, one of the men trying to ensure that this unique and highly skilled process does not disappear.

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One of the amazing things about classical Indian Music is the fact that it has been changed very little over the centuries by passing trends and fashions. This is so not only for the musical system, but also for the instruments' design and manufacture.  Age old techniques demanding great skill and patience are still being used in an age where machines are dominant.

Dadra Theka, Variations and Tihai-s - The Light Classical Taal in 6 Beats
Peyman Nasehpour

There are so many light classical taals. The two of them, kaharba (8 beats) and dadra (6 beats), are the most common. In this article I give some dadra variations.

Dadra Theka from [D]:

Dadra is in 6 beats divided into 3+3. The dadra theka is:

Dha Dhi Na Na Tu Na

Dadra Variations

Dadra Variation No. 1 from [D]:

Dha Ga Dhi Na Ge Na Na Ka Tu Na Ke Na

The Chaal Rhythm for the Dhol & Beyond
Big thanks to my Bro Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol Foundation

The following rhythms are presented for a right handed player , they should be reversed for a left handed player.

The thin thilli cane is held in the right hand, it strikes the high pitched end of the drum. The thick bent cane is held in the left hand and strikes the bass end of the drum.

There are a number of strokes which are either single hits or combination hits. The method of learning uses 'bols' (words) and each word represents one of those strokes. Players use these to teach, learn and pass on information. Johnny uses them to tell the players what is coming next, he can even teach over the phone, It is fascinating to experience.

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