|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.Dhol 'Bols'
It is most common to hear the rhythms as a 'shuffle' feel almost like a dotted eighth, the rhythms are actually regarded as straight and the 'shuffle' is merely an slight advance of every second beat. For the purposes of this introduction, I'd advise treating the rhythms as a shuffle to get the feel of the flow of the music .
The base rhythm is known as the Chaal, most rhythms use this or variations thereof as the foundation It translates excellently to djembe (and bodhran :)
Dha Na..Na .Na .Na .Dha Dha.Na
B ..L...L.. L ..L.. B.. B.. L
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.