Tabla is considered to be one of the most expressive finger percussion instruments in the world. Its tonal qualities range from deep pulsating bass waves to an array of subtle microtones and melodic phrases unlike any other instrument. Its water-like tones and low frequency bass lines give the tabla a specific characteristic, a distinct sound, it will leave you mesmerized and hypnotized. Learning tabla takes a great deal of time, sensitivity and patience. It can take a few years just to learn the correct finger technique and produce the proper tones for both drums. Tabla is considered to be more of a melodic instrument because of its extraordinary tonal qualities. Khartal is one of the oldest percussions instrument known to man yet most people have never heard or seen it before. The design of the khartal is simple at first glance, but don’t be fooled, this instrument takes a great amount of balance and dexterity even to play a simple rhythm. The slightest of hand gestures and arm movements produce an array of colorful tones when clapped together. When played at high speeds, it can sound like a machine gun or galloping horse.