Dholak Q and A

in Dholak,Q & A

How can I get the bass side of my Dholak to create lower tone?

There is a certain type of putty (paste) made of a special tar that is applied on the inside of the bass head to give the head its lower tone. Putting anything on a skin lowers its pitch and hence gives it a deep bass sound.

How is the treble side of Dholak tuned?

Application of putty does not apply for the treble drum side. It’s goat skin head. When tuned up Dholak creates a relatively dull but high pitched sound.

To tune Dholak, the rings on the chords have to be pulled. As the two chords are pulled closer together, the pitch of the drum rises. Most players tune this head to the tonic, 5th or 4th of the song. While some don’t bother because they feel that the dull tone hides the pitch and therfore can be played without worrying about exact tunings.

What are the types of Dholak?

Dholak comes in many sizes and varieties. Depneding on whether you want it for kids or adults, a beginner or an experienced player, then there are dholaks especially made for public performances, light or heavy dholaks, also get to know about Dholak accessories. For example kid’s Dholak meant for 6 year olds – the body of this kind of dholak is made of ordinary wood & decorated with various color stripes. Its size may be around Size  8″ x 8″ x 12″ x 35″ approx. However, mainly the Dholak could be bolt-tuned or rope-tuned. Narrow your focus and then start comparing features and price before placing an order.

What is the most effective way to learn Dholak?

Learning the Dholak takes time, patience, and practice. A beginner should start with basic beats and make his way up to more complex permutations and rhythms. Try practicing with a metronome which will fine-tune and perfect your timing and rhythm. Playing with other performers or learners can break the monotony of practice and help you learn to play in rhythm with other instruments.

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