Learn to Play > Lesson 3: The Basic Kirtan Beat

The resonant combination stroke: "Dha"

"Dha" is a resonant combination stroke.

"Ge" + "Ta" = "Dha"

See the animation on the right. Remember Ge? It's played by slapping the big end of the drum and making a big, resonant BOOM. Remember Ta? Ti is played by bouncing your index finger off the rim of the small end of the drum. So DHA is a combination of Ge plus Ta played at precisely the same time.

If you're serious about learning how to play the mrdanga, then you seriously need to know the component strokes like the back of your hand. So if I tell you “play Ti” or “play the combination strokes Tuk Dha,” you will know exactly what I mean. This is absolutely necessary, you see, so that you can effortlessly play even more complicated mrdanga mantras, which are nothing but combinations of these individual strokes you're learning now!

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