Learn to Play > Lesson 6: The Prabhupada Beat

Introducing the resonant-non-resonant Duk.

Before we can translate this complex mantra, we need to tell you about a new mrdanga stroke called Duk.

Duk is a resonant plus non-resonant combination note.

It consists of the non-resonant ti and the resonant ge played at the same time.

"ti" + "ge" = "duk"

It may be played either soft or loud. When played softly, it's written as duk (lowercase "d"). When played loudly, it's written as Duk (uppercase "D").

You need to learn that now.

Let's practice duk and dha together, to see how they go. Here's a practice beat known as the "Duk-dha Practice Beat."

duk dha duk dha Ge -

Note the last "Ge" is uppercase. That means you need to play it louder than the others. Note also that this practice mantra has three combination strokes, but the last Ge is alone (only one hand plays).

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