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Born in Southern India, Chandes are 150 years old percussive instruments. Their body is made up of jackfruit wood; with a cow skin membrane on the top and Chande sticks.

Chande Body is cylindrical in shape, which resembles of a Tom Drum. But the cost of production of 1 Chande is lower than that of the drums. Chandes are made of all naturally occurring substances and the raw material can be found easily;

Chande sticks vary in size, shape, and thickness at different points on the stick itself. The sticks are made flexible with the use of a certain type of Bamboo.

In Indian culture, Chandes were mentioned to play ‘Yakshagana Tala’. The instruments are said to be used for various occasions like the celebration of a marriage; wake of a war and more. The instrument is loud enough, to be heard from as far as 3 km away. Another factor that makes Chandes clearly audible, even from a long distance, is the frequency that it operates on. Chandes are capable of playing complex patterns for both joyous and enraged music.

Here are a few useful terminologies related with Chandes and Yakshagana Tala and western percussive music theories

  • Accents:- They are generally used to enhance the presence of a song by hitting a note harder than the rest, where the music requires. Accents are as important for creating grooves as they are for adding presence. They are very important for every instrument player as it polishes the quality of the music.
  • American Grip:- The rock way of gripping sticks. A perfect American grip is performed with sticks making a 45-degree angle with the beater side. At the same time, elbows must remain at rest sidewards and palm faces downward. Hits are performed with wrists movements.
  • Bass comping:- In percussive instruments, there is only one rule, which is to not play the lowest frequency and the highest frequency strikes together. The rule is breakable in cases when one of the frequencies keeps playing constantly, and the other one is required to maintain the groove. Apart from that, try to practice bass note with every accent.
  • Batter Side/ Resonant Side:- In most of the percussive instruments, there are two sides (a) Batter side:- The side you hit to produce sound; and (b) Resonant Side:- The other layer which produces a sound to give a tone to the strike.
  • Click Track:- Now this is important. Click tracks are time signatures that are arranged in a pattern. They are designed to play for the entire length of the song.