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Konnakkol Manual

An Advanced Course in Solkau

David Nelson wrote and compiled Konnakkol Manual to assist teaching an advanced course in the rhythmic compositions of Karnatak (South Indian) music. This new instructional book picks up where his previous book, Solkau Manual, left off. It includes advanced exercises for developing control of odd pulse divisions, such as three and five notes per beat. There is a chapter on the sources of Karnatak tāas (meters), and another on the evolution of rhythmic compositions—told through the work of three generations of musicians. The main body of the book comprises full tani āvartanams (spoken percussion solos) in three tāas, together with instructions for practice, and solkau notation. Nelson created 150 instructional videos to accompany the text. They are accessible at


"A valuable addition to rhythm studies for any musician. Very appropriate for teachers and students." —Glen Valez, New School
"High caliber and innovative mrdangist David Nelson shares insights acquired over more than four decades in this well-paced guide to advanced rhythmic composition in South Indian music.  Written in an inviting style and amply illustrated with video demonstrations, this manual will be useful for creative musicians of all backgrounds." —Richard K. Wolf, author of The Voice in the Drum
Wesleyan University Press

9780819578785 : konnakkol-manual-nelson
Paperback / softback
June 4, 2019
$34.95 USD

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