Learning solo tabla is an exciting but monumentally difficult task.  Finding a good mentor makes it even a harder proposition. After facing many unnecessary obstacles in learning solo tabla I was close to quitting until I met Randall. He had taken an initiative to make a tabla community in Chicago and I happened to be at the right place at the right time. From the moment I met him I was impressed by his kindness and friendly persona.  He was very knowledgeable and cultured. Since then I have learnt tabla from him for two years on site in Chicago and I continue to do so remotely. Randall teaches solo tabla in a modern relaxed student teacher setting. He is very flexible in his teaching methods and availability. Most importantly, he is very patient with his students and has a great temperament for a tabla mentor. Not only have I learned solo compositions from him, he actively taught me how to tune tabla so that we can easily have remote sessions. He even went far enough to transcribe a complex  chakradhar composition from an old Ustad Allah Rakha Khan YouTube video for me. I owe him greatly for rescuing my passion for learning solo tabla and providing continuous mentorship.

Waqas M.