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Learn how to play the kanjira – drum beats on the kanjira
The kanjira has its origin in South-Indian classical music (Carnatic music). With about 7 inch this drum is probably one of the smallest frame drums or tambourins in the world.
It consists of a circular frame made of the wood of the jackfruit tree and is covered on one side with a drumhead made of monitor lizard. The traditional lizard skin is prohibited worldwide due to protection of species regulations. Remo has recreated a beautiful kanjira drum in collaboration with master percussionist Selvaganesh from Chennai.
If you want to experience the full beauty of this drum, I highly recommend to take a look at the performances of kanjira virtuoso Selvaganesh and the legendary G. Harishankar.
Learn how to play the kanjira - online via skype or zoom
In my kanjira classes you'll get insight in the traditional way of playing the kanjira, as well as a clear concept to apply its language and technique to a modern musical context.
Below you´ll find an introductory lesson (consisting of 4 audio examples and 8 notated rhythms) of how to play popular western drum beats on the kanjira.
Kanjira composition by Selvaganesh & Kanjira solo live with Konstantin Wecker