The concept of mrdanga beat variations
all mrdanga beats have variations. These variations are
still considered the same beat.
Actually, what makes a beat a beat is what's being played on
the big end of the drum (the bayan). As long as the big end is
being played the same way, even if played differently on the small
end (the dayan), then it is considered a variation of the same
For example, in the Basic Kirtan Beat there is one Ki
and two Ges, spaced in a particular way. As long as the big
end is played the same way, it's the same beat. If you play the
big end the same but the small end differently then it's a
variation of the same beat. There are as many variations of beats
as there are waves in the ocean – nah... just kidding. I
just said that cause it sounded cool. But seriously, every beat
has a variation or two, and they ain't hard ta learn.