All four fingers, as well as the palm are used. Relas and gats are preferred to Peshkar and Qayada.
It is a mixture of Pakhavaj and Tabla Bols. It makes use of complex Bols, compositions and Laya, including Barabar, Ad (multiples/fractions of one and a half, eg. three fourth, three, six, etc.) Viad (multiples/fractions of three and a half) and Kuad (multiples/fractions of two and a half). Rare Taals like the Shultal, Pancham Sawari and Dhamar are also played.
The Peerless & Illustrious
Lala Bhavanidas, Haddu Khan, Fakir Baksh, Kader Baksh II, Karam Ilahi, Baba Malang, Allah Ditta, Allah Rakha,Shaukat Hussain, and Zakir Hussain represent the Punjab Gharana.