The Standard Intermediate Beat
is a beat that originally hails from the Radha Govindaji Mandir in
Jaipur, India, and is normally played on a wood frame Khol.
It's a great beat for street chanting, and easy for devotees to
follow along with.
ta ta tuk ta ge tiDha
Note a few things about this beat before we practice it. First
of all, there are no pauses. Second of all, note that tiri
appears twice. We can tell that it appears twice because we always
underline the word tiri, even if it is combined with
a "ge." So because tiDha
is underlined, we know that it is really tiri with a loud
"Ge" note played at the same time as the "ri."
Note also what the bayan (big end) is doing. It hits a
ki, then two ges and finally a loud ge. We
know it hits a ki because we know that "tuk" =
"ki" + "ti."
We will learn this mrdanga mantra using the back to
front method described earlier on.