Learn to Play > Lesson 8: Connecting Beats Together

How to use the Basic Connecting Beat

To use the Basic Connecting Beat, we have to go over some of the mrdanga mantras you already practiced.

Let's go back to our "Basic Kirtan Beat" discussed in Lesson 3. Here is the mantra for that beat:

ta ta ki ta ge Dha - -

When we want to use the Basic Connecting Beat with the Basic Kirtan Beat we begin by substituting the last note "Dha" with the first "ki" of the connecting beat.

To see how that works, let's look at a string of mantras.

ta ta ki ta ge Dha - -

ta ta ki ta ge Dha - -

ta ta ki ta ge ki tiriti ge ki tiriti ge ki tiriti ge - -

ta ta ki ta ge Dha - -

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