Drum Set Adaptations of North Indian Tabla
By Jerry Leake
Drum Set Adaptations of North Indian Tabla will open new doors for the
pioneering drummer/percussionist. This unique book presents over 100 tabla
compositions which have been adapted to the western drum set. These tabla
adaptations serve as a foundation for the experimenting percussionist
to explore rhythm and variation using different concepts and interpretations.
The drum set player can benefit from this book in many ways: by learning
about the general philosophies and techniques of North Indian tabla, exploring
new techniques and rhythmic complexities on drum set, and by playing the
drum set melodically as opposed to just rhythmically. The drum set variations
were derived by using a general category of sounds on both tabla and drum
set. Establishing a specific sound for each tabla stroke is not the overall
objective, as this will hamper the player's sense of improvisation. This
unique text provides a general classification of tabla sounds while introducing
flexibility for further interpretation and variation by the player.