Dholak Lessons

Welcome to Gyaan Ka Saagar’s Sangeet Yaatrah. Join volunteer music instructors as the help provide a series of lessons on how to play traditional Indian instruments.

Join volunteer instructor Richard Mohabeer along with host Pt. Bhisham “Jito” Misir, as they provide lessons on how to play the Dholak

Lesson 1

In this lesson you will learn:

  • The types of Dholak
  • The parts (sides) of a Dholak
  • Proper method and posture of playing a Dholak
  • The basic bols (beats) of a Dholak and how to make them
  • The basic Keherwa Taal (8 beat cycle)
Lesson 2

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to play variation 1 of the Keherwa Taal
  • How to play the variation at a slow, moderate and fast pace
Lesson 3

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to play variation 2 of the Keherwa Taal
  • How to play the variation at a slow, moderate and fast pace

Lesson 4

In this lesson you will learn:

  • The concept of “Break-Taal”
  • How to “break-taal” with the two variations of Keherwa Taal
Lesson 5

In this lesson you will:

  • Review Keherwa Taal
  • Review both variations of Keherwa Taal
  • Review how to “break-taal” with the two variations of Keherwa Taal
  • Learn how to combine all lessons and play an Aarti