Learn to Play > Lesson 10: The Intermediate Off-beat

The Intermediate Off-beat

When Sripati dasa first started playing this beat during Tulasi kirtan at Bhaktivedanta Manor in 1978, he had us all trying to figure out how to play that very attractive and mysterious beat. This mrdanga beat is one of the principle elements of the Jaipur-style Tulasi kirtan which we will describe later in this course. It's a darn good beat. It sounds great, and it's bewildering to someone who doesn't know the secret.

So let's reveal the secret by just coming straight out with the mantra for this beat. Here it is:

tuk ta ge tiDha tiri ge Ge -

There is one brief pause at the end (not two). The note tiri appears twice. The last "Ge" thrown in at the end makes it an off-beat. But there's more to it than that. To do it really properly, you've got to hold back on that last Ge just a little too long - unexpectedly long. Even if you don't do that, it's still an off-beat because of the last "Ge," but when you hold it off just a little bit more, it has an interesting effect.

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