As part of our ongoing mission to demystify Indian music, we’ve just posted up a new type of video to YouTube – one that lets you read the Tabla sheet music and play along.

Now, anyone can learn to Read & Play tabla at home or at school by watching the video and following the animated score.

Read & Play Video

For each type of note in the sheet music the video shows you how to strike the tabla. Each strike is shown from two different angles so it is easy to see what you need to do. Once you have the technique – you can then simply put it into practice by following the sheet music on screen.

The video is based on our book Read & Play Indian Tabla – Module 1 and features our easy-to follow, Universal Indian Drum Notation system.

This is just the first in a series of “play along” videos we have planned.