David Nelson wrote and compiled Konnakkol Manual to assist teaching an advanced course in the rhythmic compositions of Karnatak (South Indian) music.
This new instructional book picks up where his previous book, Solkattu Manual, left off.
It includes advanced exercises for developing control of odd pulse divisions, such as three and five notes per beat.
There is a chapter on the sources of Karnatak taas (meters), and another on the evolution of rhythmic compositions-told through the work of three generations of musicians.
The main body of the book comprises full tani avartanams (spoken percussion solos) in three taas, together with instructions for practice, and Solkattu notation.
Nelson created 150 instructional videos to accompany the text.
They are accessible at wesleyan.edu/wespress/konnakkol/.