Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha has step-by-step instructions for playing a single tabla solo in the Punjab style as taught by Alla Rakha, the tabla maestro best known for his many tours and recordings with Ravi Shankar.
Purchase of the book includes free access to online videos of Alla Rakha teaching, reciting, and performing the solo. Alla Rakha's recitations are accompanied by a karaoke-like computer animation that shows how the rhythms fit in the rhythmic cycle.
The book features structural analyses of the compositions and the logic of successive variations in the in the theme-and variation lessons.
Learning Tabla with Alla Rakha is meant not only for the beginning tabla student, but also for the reader who seeks to learn the basics of Indian rhythm by clapping to the beat and reciting the compositions.