Like many Western musicians, the Indian rhythmic system known as Konokol has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve heard the seemingly complex. John McLaughlin Konnakol. Richie Jackson; 7 Konokol-The Gateway to Rhythm Chapter 1 The Gateway To Rhythm – John Mclaughlin – School of Rhythm. Konnakol (also spelled Konokol, Konakkol) (Tamil: கொன்னக்கோல்) is the art of Prominent among these is John McLaughlin, who led the Mahavishnu Orchestra and has long used konnakol as a compositional aid.

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Like many Western musicians, the Indian rhythmic system known as Konokol has always been a bit of a mystery to me.

McLaughlin has advocated Konokol as a system for learning rhythm without drums for over 30 years. Konokol is basically a vocal drum language.

Each Konokol sound is a jon that you speak to represent a certain number of notes, based on the number of syllables in that word. In essence, you are vocally mimicking specific drum strokes.


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For example, you can say Takita to represent a group of three notes, but those notes can be a triplet, quarter-note triplet, or any group of three notes however they may fit into the bar. A group of five notes could be vocalized as one Takita plus one Taka, or one Da Di Gi Na Dum, whether those five notes represent one full beat or not.

Choosing one sound over another is konokpl by where you want the accents to fall in the bar, since the proper Konokol form is to accent the first syllable of each sound when you say it except in the case of Taka Juna where you accent both the Taka and the Juna. Overall, The Gateway To Rhythm is well presented with fine production values.

The DVD is divided into six chapters.

One thing that is stressed in the early lessons on jonokol DVD is the importance of keeping the time by clapping your hands or using a metronome. Each chapter concludes with a Vinayakram improvisation, followed by a demonstration by McLaughlin, both based on mclauughlin material covered in that chapter. They are fairly simple at first, but turn into Konokol shred-fests in the later chapters. The whole concept of subdividing rhythms using Konokol really sinks in when you view these short improvs.


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In each case, McLaughlin does a great job of demonstrating how this eastern system of rhythm can be an asset to a western composer. One of the highlights of the DVD is the improvisation McLaughlin and Vinayakram perform together at the conclusion of the final chapter.

Konokol gives you a way to practice this discipline anywhere, without an instrument other than your own voice and hands. This makes The Gateway To Rhythm one of the most unique instructional videos you will find.

John McLaughlin — drummers and percussionists. Tour With Guitar World Magazine.