You can only go so long
basically we've taught you two main fast beats, a standard one and
an off-beat, and some variations. We also taught you some
connecting beats for that. And that's pretty darn good. I'm proud
of you and Bhakta Ozwald for learning so much, so fast. In fact, I
think you've surpased Bhakta Ozwald by now!
Now we need to ask the question what happens if the kirtan
keeps going faster and faster? You've learned how to speed it
up... what happens if you are the mrdanga player and you're
getting tired? What do you do?
You know, I need to talk to you about karatal players. Have we
talked about those darn karatal players yet? You know, the ones
that stand right up next to the drum player with humongous
karatals that sound like they're going to put your hearing out of
commission by the time you hit 35 years old – and then they
think they're in charge of speeding up the kirtan. You know the
ones? You want the kirtan to go at a nice steady pace in the
middle so that you can have a fantastic grande finale
with your new Fast Off-beat that you learned from the Internet –
you know, throw in some of those fancy connecting beats and
“breaks” and shout HARIBOL HARIBOL HARIBOL into the
microphone... so you're trying to hold the kirtan at a nice steady
medium speed in the middle, and here's this devotee with the
humongous karatals trying to speed the kirtan up. Well, guess
what? The KIRTAN LEADER is supposed to be in charge, and if that's
you with the drum, you're the
one that decides when to speed it up.
Anyway, now that I've talked about
karatal players (haha), it's time to get back to the question.
What happens if the kirtan is going really fast, then you look at
the clock and suddenly realize you have ten minutes to go and your
arm is getting tired? What do you do now???
Well, then you need some fast beats that go beyond ... We call
them the "Beyond fast beats," and that's what this
lesson is all about. We're going to teach you a couple of beats
just for that.
So if you're ready, then let's go!