Tongue Trainer (konnakkol)

Last year I became interested in Carnatic music, especially in Carnatic rhythm and konnakkol. In this category I will post some transcriptions of exercises and little solos that the incredible musician B.C. Manjunath shares on his Facebook profile. I’m not an expert of Carnatic music, so some of the explanations could be wrong. I will just share some transcriptions that I made for my own personal practice.

This exercise is to train articulation and clarity, and gain some tongue velocity when you are doing Konnakkol or Solkatu. It’s very simple, but useful at the same time.

Tala (cycle/bar): Adi Tala – L4 D D (4 – 2 – 2 beats)

Gati (subdivision): Chatusra (4 matras per beat)

You can start in 1/4 note=70 and then speed up the metronome little by little until you can do it at double speed.


Here you can watch the exercise explained by B.C. Manjunath himself.

This exercise was posted on Facebook by Manjunath, B.C., August 30th 2016.

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