1The tavil or Thavil is a barrel shaped drum from South India. It is used in folk music and Carnatic music, often accompanying the nadaswaram. The thavil and the nadaswaram are essential ingredients of traditional festivals and ceremonies in South India.
The thavil consists of a cylindrical shell hollowed out of a solid block of jackfruit wood. Layers of animal skin (water buffalo on the right, goat on the left) are stretched across the two sides of the shell using hemp hoops attached to the shell. The right face of the instrument has a larger diameter than the left side, and the right drum head is stretched very tightly, while the left drum head is kept loose to allow pitch bending. The larger head is higher in pitch than the smaller head.
In folk music contexts, a pair of wider, slimmer sticks is sometimes used. Thanjavur is famous for thavil, so called Thanjavur Thavil.
Tavil loops are divided into 5 parts according to the speed .
1.Very Slow Loops ( 70 or 80 Beats per second) - 470 + loops .
2.Slow Loops ( 100 Beats per second ) - 470 + loops .
3.Medium speed Loops (120 Beats per second ) - 470 + loops .
4.Fast Loops ( 140 Beats per second ) - 470 + loops .
5.Very Fast Loops ( 180 Beats per second ) - 470+ loops .
A Total of more than 2350 loops . These loops can be used in different genere.
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