Learn to Play > Lesson 2: Your first mrdanga mantra

The non-resonant "Ki"

"Ki" is a non-resonant note made on the big end of the drum (the bayan).

It is important to note that it is not made with the tips of the fingers (I have seen some people strike the drum so hard that way that they have put their hand right through the head and broken the drum. Therefore it should not be like a karate chop.)

"Ki" is made by spreading the fingers apart, and bringing the hand down on the drum so that the side of the thumb strikes first. The hand then flattens out on the head, one finger at a time, in rapid succession. After striking the head, the hand remains on the head and the head is not allowed to continue to vibrate (see illustration on right).

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