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A Twelve Months Mrdanga Course by Bablu Das

A Twelve Months Mrdanga Course by Bablu Das

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A Twelve Months
Mrdanga Course
by Bablu Dasa
Compiled byGaura-Siromani Dasa
Garanhati Publishers
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For further information please contact:Bãblu DãsaBhaktivedanta GurukulaKrishna-Balaram MandiraBhaktivedanta Swami MargVrindavanaMathura 281124U.P.© 2000 Garanhati PublishersAll rights reservedPrinted in IndiaCover design: Art Box Theo Krohn HamburgCover printed in Chech RepublicIllustrations: Sybilla Huy
 
First Month
Practice Time
Hasta-Sãdhana
—Hand Practice
Hasta
means “hand” and
sãdhana
, “that what makes perfect”. These hand practices areessential for learning proper Mrdanga playing. They enable you to master the differenttechniques and beats and help you to understand the basic rhythms. Practicing
hasta-sãdhana
is like learning the letters of the alphabet. Practice them steadily every day.
HS 1
#tere #kheta
HS 2
#tere #kheta #tere #tere #kheta
HS 3a
#tere kheta #tere kheta #tere tere #terekheta
HS 3b
#tikhi takhi #tere kheta #kheta takhi #terekheta
HS 3
#tere kheta #tere kheta #tere tere #terekheta#tikhi takhi #tere kheta #kheta takhi #terekheta
Translation
teRight 4 closedreRight thumbkheLeft closedtaRight 4 opentere tere(like tere above, 2 times)kheta(as above)tiRight 4 closedkhiLeft closedtaRight 4 openkhiLeft closedkheLeft closedtaRight thumb (This ta is played like re!)taRight 4 open
 
khiLeft closed
How to Practice
 Tere kheta (
HS 1
) is the
bìja-mantra
of the Mrdanga.
Bìja
means “seed”—from this
mantra
all other
mantras
sprout like a huge Banyan tree growsfrom a small seed. Therefore, practice this
mantra
with great care. In thefirst two weeks of this course, practice only tere kheta tere kheta~ Thisgives you a solid foundation for all
mantras
to come. If you find it too boringthen see it as a test of your determination to learn the real art of Mëdaùga.Carefully read the next section (“How to improve the hand”) and follow theadvice given therein.
In order to manifest this
mantra
properly, you have to accentuate the firstsyllable, te. Beginners tend to play the khe stronger than the te—thus it

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