lesson 7


You have achieved now the necessary skills to learn easily the literally millions of mrdanga mantras.

Just one more nicety, a mantra widely used in many of the temple functions like the Srimad Bhagavatam class, often called “Prabhupada beat” in honour of our spiritual master.

Sixth mantra, here we go:

ti – ta – tiri – tiri – ti – ta – ki – tiri – ki – ti – ge – dha – dha – dha – dha – dha – dha


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Surprised? There are 2 strokes you still do not know here: ti, tiri

I said you only have to learn 4 strokes but was I not telling the truth?

Well, it is a way of teaching and encouraging you.

With only 2 more strokes you can be your temple´s official mrdanga player:



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“Ti” is made on the small end of the drum. It is a non-resonant note, which means that the fingers remain on the head after striking it (the head is not allowed to resonate).

“Ti” is made with the three lower fingers of the right hand for a right handed person, or the left hand for a left handed person.

The fingers slap the head, just above the center point and then remain pressed against the head after striking it.



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Tiri is a quick flick of the hand on the small end of the drum. It takes place very fast, and takes the time of only one normal stroke. This takes a bit of practice to get it right.

The flick is fast, and there is no time to be concerned about the difference between the “Ti” and the “Ta.” Both sound the same.

Please bear in mind that there are thousands of possible combinations of every mantra, so if you know a mantra diferently, do not think it is incorrect, just add it up to your knowledge base.

Now for the last lesson, number 8 , where you will learn to build a kirtan or bhajan.


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