Learn to Play > Lesson 3: The Basic Kirtan Beat

What is a combination stroke?

A combination stroke means hitting both ends of the mrdanga at the same time, or sometimes almost at the same time, depending on the stroke. For example with JHA (a stroke you'll learn in this lesson), you strike both ends of the drum almost at the same time, but not precisely at the same time. On the other hand, when playing the straightforward DHA you will strike both ends of the drum at precisely the same time. Both JHA and DHA are considered combination strokes.

There are several possible combination strokes. Some are more common than others. In this lesson we will discuss the three most common combination strokes. We will also introduce the flick of the hand on the small end.

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