Based on a post to the Junkmusic
Yahoo group - Thanks to Johnny Kalsi & The Dhol
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.
You can hear it on Johnny Kalsi's New Year's day set for BBC Radio,
also great for djun players to lock into, keep the shuffle with the right hand
on the bell/kenkeni/cascara/whatever playing all 8 beats and then play the bass
part with the left hand.
is simply converted for djembe
1 ..2 ..3 ..4 ..5 ..6 ..7 ..8
R ..L...R ..L.. R ..L ..R ..L
B ..o ..o..
o ..o.. B ..B ..o
good grooving variation for djembe is to play with slaps or emphases in the '3,
4 and 5' play around with it among participants, it's fun.
different versionwhich really rocks as a base rhythm, you will hear this in The
Dhol Foundation set too. Note the treble strike in groups of 3 and beats 1 and 7
in each bar where both treble and bass ends are struck together (dha). On the
dhol it is played
3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
o...o o o.. o o o
. o o o . o o (Right
B ........B B ..B ........B B .....(Left
djembe that would translate to
R L R L R L R L R L R L R L
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
B ..o o o B B o B ..o o o B B o
open stroke on beat 8 is a tricky one to get to sound clearly as it's sandwiched
between the two bass tones but persevere. It's has become a different rhythm
from the original because that trio of treble notes is broken half the time but
it's great to play, even better on the dhol!. Exchange some of those open tones
for slaps or other tones and enjoy the groove.
Anyway, hope this is
useful. I'm playing it on my knees now darnit...
If you play kit drums,
listen long enough to the set (prolly 8-9 mins) to hear his Johnny's kick drum
when he goes too the Kalsi kit, it's on his left hand naturally for him, but the
sound is incredible, almost like a 'jungle' 'subsonic' sweep, beaut! Read here to find out how
Johnny, Pete Lockett and Trilok Gurtu get that phenomenal bass sound from a
small shell-less drum
& Johnny Workshopping, May 2002
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