A video guide to playing Tabla“Play Tabla” teaches tabla playing in the Benares Style and introduces the creative process of music making. This approach has been used successfully with students and is suited for both the beginner and the more advanced. A particular feature of this video is that it shows Pandit Sharda Sahai teaching the strokes and correcting hand positions, just as he would do in a class. It is ideal for the individual as well as schools wishing to include Tabla Playing in their music programme.
The video includes the care and tuning of the Tabla, informal discussion and lively Tabla demonstrations.
Though issued as a companion to the manual “Play Tabla” by Pandit Sharda Sahai and Frances Shepherd, the video can be used independently.
Price: £22.50 plus postage.
PLAY TABLA BOOK
Pandit Sharda Sahai and Frances ShepherdThis book presents an approach to playing tabla which has so far been unavailable in published form. It is based on tried and tested traditional methods. The approach has been used with children and adults from all ethnic groups over the past three decades in the United States, Canada and England. It is ideally suited for students who want an analytical approach to developing their playing technique and knowledge of rhythmic form. And for teachers and schools wishing to include tabla playing in their music programme. A particular feature of the book is that it introduces the reader to the creative process of music making which characterises the best of tabla playing in the Asian subcontinent.
Price: £9.99 plus postage.
KATHAK DANCE SYLLABI (Part One)
Dr Puru DadheechThis is the first textbook in English that follows the Kathak syllabuses of Prayag Sangit Samiti and other recognised examination boards in India. Students can prepare for Junior and Senior Diplomas using this book.
Dr Dadheech is a well known name in the field of Kathak dance as excellent performer and experienced geacher. He has learnt with many of the great masters of Kathak dance including Pt. Sundar Prasad and Shambhu Maharaj. For his contribution in the field of Kathak he has been honoured with many awards and titles.
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Music of India
Cassette and Film Strip
Jill Scarfe and Frances ShepherdThis very valuable resource – you might think it costly, but film-strip and tape don’t come cheap! – is the result of painstaking research coupled with specialist knowledge of Indian music. It has been thoroughly tested in schools and on teacher training courses.
There are four film-strips, totalling over 300 pictures, with an accompanying tape. A shrewd looking approach is used, whereby a recurring melody is treated from varying perspectives. In the first strip it introduces the most commonly used Indian instruments. Then, rhythmic structures (tala) are dealt with. Next, melodic structures (raga) and improvisation are explained. Lastly, the ubiquitous Indian drone is introduced. Not only is the package a carefully presented ‘way-in’ to Indian music, but also music is set in the wider context of culture and geography. David Peacock. ‘Schools Music Association Bulletin’ Music Reviews 1989.
Price: £70 plus postage.
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