When to use these beats
As described earlier, mrdanga beats come in different
categories and styles. The categories refer to the speed of
the kirtan, and the style refers to whether it is a
standard or off-beat.
The diagram shows the natural progression of a kirtan,
which begins slow, then gradually speeds up. For each part of the
kirtan there are appropriate mrdanga beats. So far
you have learned three important slow beats plus the Basic
Connecting Beat. The slow beats you learned were called The Basic
Kirtan Beat, The Basic Off-beat and The Prabhupada Beat. You also
studied variations of these beats.
As already mentioned, now we're going to move into a new
category of beats meant to be used when the kirtan is at
medium speed. We call these intermediate beats. Exciting,
There are three main intermediate beats taught on this course,
and each has a specific name. We're going to teach you "The
Standard Intermediate Beat," "The Intermediate
Off-beat," and "The Indian Beat." We will also
teach you variations of these beats.
So, if you're all fired up, let's go for it!