This lesson is a notational supplement to the Adi Thalum – Taka Dimi Taka Junu audio content. Start with the audio portion first. Carnatic music is learned aurally so view this written material as a secondary to the primary content found via the audio. Continue reading
Sreenath Sreenivasan presents the phrase Taka Dimi Taka Junu in different subdivisions in Adi Thalum. Adi Thalum is an 8 beat cycle found in Carnatic Music. Adi Thalum is shown through a series of claps and waves.
To show Adi Thalum:
Clap on Beat 1; press the pinky to the palm for beat 2; press the ring finger to the palm for beat 3; press the middle finger to the palm for beat 4; clap on beat 5, wave on beat 6, clap on beat 7, wave on beat 8. Beats 6 and 8 can also be shown by clapping with the reverse side of the hand, as opposed to the palm side.
Taka Dimi Taka Junu can be understood as counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
This lessons shows Sreenath reciting Taka Dimi TakaJunu in different subdivisions while keeping thalum, or keeping the beat. A notated lesson that covers this material can be found here. A western notation, downloadable pdf of this lesson can be found at the bottom of the page. Start slowly and recite the syllables with a smile. The feel, bounce and energy will come quicker if this is approached musically and with enthusiasm!
Taka Dimi Taka Junu in 8th Notes
Taka Dimi Taka Junu in 16th Notes
Taka Dimi Taka Junu in 32nd Notes
Taka Dimi Taka Junu in Triplets
Taka Dimi Taka Junu in Sextuplets