Learn to play the Tabla – Tabla Classes in person and online.
I am now accepting new students in the bay area. I prefer at least a few in-person classes before we start online. Zoom or Skype makes it easy for everybody to keep a regular weekly schedule and reduces the impact on the environment because of less driving.
If you have a child that wants to get started early or if you start at a later moment in your life I will strive to help you accomplish the goal you have with playing this most beloved percussion instrument.
The foundation for the way I teach is a curriculum based on the North Indian classical styles of tabla. You will also learn to play lighter rhythms for accompanying singing, Kirtan, Bajans, or any other instrument. Tabla also has a solid place in fusion music.
Daniel studied North Indian Tabla since 1981
His most important teachers: Sunit Kanjilal, Debu Chakraborty, Jatinder Thakur, Anindo Chatterjee
His main teacher is now Abhijit Banerjee, www.abhijitbanerjee.com
He has performed with various artists both in Europe and the US, playing north Indian classical, Bhajan, and Kirtan devotional and light classical singing. He has also participated in various world music and jazz projects. Daniel moved from Vienna, Austria to Arizona in 1992 and soon after started teaching in AZ and now moved to San Francisco, CA. During the pandemic, all classes went online. This is now the new standard and complemented with occasional in-person classes and weekend workshops as well as student concerts.
What are some of my students saying:
“Our older son has been learning Tabla from Daniel for over three years. We tried other teachers before, but there is absolutely no comparison between Daniel and others. He is very friendly with the children and at the same time works very effectively with them to ensure that they perform to their full potential. Inspired by his brother and Daniel, our younger son also started learning Tabla from Daniel in the last year. With great encouragement and support from Daniel, he also learned a lot in a short period. Daniel is a great musician and he is ever willing to pass his skills to his students. He is very accommodating of the needs of the parents and children and customizes the lesson plans accordingly We strongly recommend Daniel for anyone looking for a Tabla teacher.”- Seema and Kishore
“We have known Daniel for over 2 years. Our son started with him when he was 8 years old. He started with immense love for percussion music and since then, Daniel has nurtured his interest, inspires him, and continues to encourage with his child-friendly and disciplined learning approach. We sincerely wish Daniel the best and look forward to seeing his students’ great performances. We strongly recommend his teaching skills and musical talent to anyone interested.” – Kalyan & Geetha
“Daniel’s skill in teaching tabla is only exceeded by his skill in playing. He effectively enables the beginner to achieve a proper tone, and his exposure to various gharanas (schools, lineages) for the art of tabla allows the advancing student to explore the richness of these various styles. I have recommended Daniel’s instruction to a number of tabla aspirants.” – Adam Burke
No matter what your goals are, I will help you or your child to first develop clarity of sound, a solid sense of time, and a good understanding of rhythmic cycles. We also will spend time on how to practice to help you develop your skills quickly while enjoying it.
Daniel teaches the Dhwani Academy curriculum under the supervision of Abhijit Banerjee. Students register with the academy and will receive regular evaluations and certificates of accomplishments from senior faculty. Students also are encouraged to perform at Dhwani yearly events to apply what they learned in actual performance.
I mostly teach Skype or Zoom lessons because of the effects of the covid pandemic. Skype lessons can be a lot of fun and Daniel found a way to make them very effective and engaging.
To schedule a 1-hour class with Daniel click here
To schedule a 30 minutes beginners class click here
Here is the flyer from a recent tabla workshop with Abhijit: