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Konokol (Konnakol)

In Theorie on February 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Konokol is a method for vocalizing rhythm. It is an essential part of the Carnatic or South Indian Classical tradition. Many Western artists have adopted and adapted this approach into their compositional, improvisa-tional, and general musical processes.

This method of vocalizing rhythm allows one to practice anywhere. Complex rhythms can be mastered easily and applied to many situations.

Lesson 1 – The Five Basic Rhythm Words

5 Basic rhythm words:

Da Taka Takita Taka Dimi Da Di Gi Na Dum1
1 2 3 4 5

Taka Juna, a variation of 4, can be used with Taka Dimi when consecutive 4’s are counted or when there are two 4’s in a larger pattern.

Da Di Gi Na Dum can transform into 6 and 7. The dash is used for the felt but not counted divisions.

6          Da Di – Gi Na Dum or Da – Di Gi Na Dum

7          Da – Di – Gi Na Dum

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1

Da

Da

2

Taka

Ta

Ka

3

Takita

Ta

ki

ta

4

Taka Dimi

Ta

ka

Di

mi

5

Taka Juna

Ta

ka

Ju

Na

6

Da Di Gi Na Dum

Da

Di

Gi

Na

Dum

7

Da Di Gi Na Dum

Da

Di

Gi

Na

Dum

8

Da Di Gi Na Dum

Da

Di

Gi

Na

Dum

9

Da Di Gi Na Dum

Da

Di

Gi

Na

Dum

exercises

  1. Practice counting each word repeatedly. (taka taka taka …)

a. Make sure each syllable is evenly spaced in time.

b. Maintain even tempo & eventually go for speed & accuracy.

2. Try combining words to form larger numbers.

examples

5          2 + 3 – taka takita 3 + 2 – takita taka

7          3 + 4 – takita taka dimi 4 + 3 – taka dimi takita

11        4 + 3 + 4 – taka dimi takita taka dimi, or, taka dimi takita taka juna

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