I’m very fortunate to have started studying with Asaf Sirkis, an amazing drummer who’s played lots of interesting music including jazz, fusion and world-music. Asaf has been studying Konnakol, an Indian rhythmic language with master mrindangamist Paramasamy Kirupakaran. He’s integrated Konnakol into his teaching as it’s a great way to help enrich any musician’s rhythmic understanding. My interest in learning Konnakol and how it can deepen my rhythmic perception is one of the reasons I wanted to study with Asaf.
Asaf has released a free course called Mastering Rhythm With Konnakol which is an easy, step-by-step introduction to using Konnakol in a way that is useful to Western musicians. It’s a great way to start learning this beautiful language and deepen your sense of rhythm. Check it out.