Srila Prabhupada taught the following beat, which we call Srila
Prabhupada's Practice Beat. (All beats in this lesson have
The mantra for this beat goes as follows:
ki ti ta ki ti ta ki ti ta ki ta
ge ti ta ge ti ta ge ti ta ge ta -
Notice that "ki ti ta" and "ge
ti ta" repeat more or less four times, however, the last time
the ti is
You've got to memorize this mantra, you
know, as you have to memorize all the mrdanga mantras on this
website. Although it's okay to play looking at your computer
monitor, to be proficient you've got to be able to play the beat
without looking at the mantra. The mantra should be in your head.
Then you SAY the mantra OUTLOUD as you play it.
Why verbally speak a mrdanga mantra as you
play? Well, you want to be able to lead a kirtan, right? You want
to go out and sing Hare Krishna on a street corner or lead a
mangal arati kirtan one morning while playing that drum,
right? Well, how are you going to do that unless you are
accustomed to verbalizing at the same time as playing?
memorizing a mantra will assist you in playing it. You don't have
to look at anything. You just have to say it. In fact, the
whole trick of learning mrdanga mantras is that you have to learn
how to say it correctly. It has to have the same timing
as the actual beat itself. That's the whole point of a mantra. The
mantra must sound exactly like the beat itself.
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