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Dhol - Dhol Beats, Basics for beginners

Updated on September 2, 2009

Dhol Tutorial: How to Play Dhol

Dhol learning begins here! In this lens you will learn the basics of the dhol through the introduction to a couple of commonly used beats. Namely, chaal and bhangra. This is note the only dhol lens, other additions are on their way so stay tuned!

Introduction to the Dhol

The Dhol's origins stem from the Northern Indian region of Punjab. This dynamic instrument has history dated back to the 15th century and has slowly evolved from a simple wooden (thali) barrel with skin on either side to a sophisticated performance drum which can be amplified for today's new age dholi's.

Without getting too theoretical, this lens will focus on the practical aspects of the dhol so that each reader is able to gain some insight about the dhol and how to best fit their playing style to this great instrument.

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Dhol Beats

Chaal and Bhangra

You may have heard of one of the most popular dhol beats called Chaal. For those of you who listen to bhangra music, chaal is the fundamental percussion layer behind the majority of bhangra songs between roughly 90 - 100 BPM. Most dholi's dive into the beat of chaal when they start playing due to its popular nature and it can be played along to when the dhol is played with music.

Bhangra is another common beat often learned on the dhol and sounds a little faster than chaal. It is used as a common variation and can be integrated very well with the beat 'mummy daddy'.

See Chaal and Bhangra video tutorials below...

Dhol Video Tutorials - Dhol Beat Videos and Tutorials

In the following dhol video tutorials you will be able to learn the beats behind chaal and bhangra. The bhols / beats are as follows:

Chaal Part 1:

Standard Short Chaal

Dha Na Na Na Na Dha Dha Na

Short Chaal + Variation

Dha Na Na Na Na Dha Dha Na

Dha Na Na Na Na Dha Dha Na

Dha Na Na Na Na Dha Dha Na

Dha Na Dha Dha Na Dha Dha Na

Chaal pt2:

Dha Na Na Na Na Na Na Na

Na Na Na Na Na Dha Dha Na

Bhangra Beat:

1)Dha Na-Na Ge Na

2)Dha Na-Na Ge Na Na Na-Na Ge Na

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      Caleb 19 months ago

      Standard Short Chaal

      Dha Na Na Na Na (missing Na here) Dha Dha Na

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      where could u buy a dhol

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      where could u buy a dhol

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      Amanveer Singh 2 years ago

      Really helpful!!

      Can you help me with a dhol beat that has two dhas in between nas. It sounds a bit like chaal.

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      AbhinavB LM 6 years ago

      Nice article. specially the chal and bhangra part. I would be a good idea to add some step by step guide for readers or some dhol related terminology etc. Overall I like the lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think this is a good way 2 learnl

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Greattt Tutorials