The video below (starting at 2:50) shows the Instructor turning on the 4-4 Tabla player.

How did he configure the Tabla player? He's a wonderful Instructor, but rather vague on these points.

In my case, I will likely get a computer/app-based Tabla player.

What is the best way to configure it? For instance, when I download various tabla players for Andriod, it lists various taals and it shows numerous hand-dials.

1 Answer 1


Following three parameters need to be configured:

The Shruti (Drone, or the reference note for music that is played)

In the flute that is included in your question, it is E (White key 3rd)

The Taal

It determines the number of beats per cycle, and the sounds of those beats

The Speed

Speed of the cycle-how fast does one whole cycle complete.

One may find two settings in this category.

Cyclic Time Period: It lets you mechanically compress or expand the Taal cycle without changing the sounds in the Taal. It's like controlling the speed of a fan or a wheel.

Laya: It lets you select a slower version of the same Taal, which changes the sounds of the beats chosen in that Taal.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.