Introducing the pause note "-"
Before we introduce the next beat, we must introduce the
concept of pause. When playing the mrdanga,
it is often necessary to have a pause in the mantra. The
pause is written as a dash "-"
and when encountered, the word "pause" is pronounced.
a pause, the mrdanga is not played, but remains silent.
We have already seen the pause note, although we did not call
attention to it before. You saw it at the end of Prabhupada's
Practice Beat and the Tuk-Dha
Practice Beat, and it appeared as a dash "-"
I watched a movie the other night, and it was very powerful
because there were periods where there was no music. Quite
often, Silence is
just as powerful as sound, especially when you play the mrdanga.
The Pause note is
extremely important for two reasons: It creates suspense and
without it you'll never get the timing
of the beat correct..