This is an excellent demonstration DVD of the basic techniques needed to learn tabla. In this DVD, Aloke demonstrates all the major techniques through a variety of phrases and shows how to modify fingering to achieve a higher speed. He also plays different rhythm patterns, such as five, six, seven, eight, and nine, using the same phrase. At the end of the tape he
demonstrates individual sounds. He has suggested in the insert that students should use this DVD as a dictionary. Once the knowledge of producing a syllable or a phrase is absorbed from the tape, students then should apply this to compositions.