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Students taught for ragas on flute by Suchismita about the advanced techniques of fingering, playing complex compositions and ragas with examples from. The Indian musical system relies on the notions of RAGA (melody) and TALA Your tanpura needs to be tuned according to the key of the flute you are playing. The bansuri is a deceptively simple bamboo flute. The Indian-style flute uses no keys, tone control being a matter of breath control and careful fingering on the.

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Each raga, which is always improvised in Indian music, gives a different feel.

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The Raga is a framework encompassing a set of rules prescribed ragga the melody, for the movements up and down the scale, for which notes are to be prominent, which notes or phrases are to be avoided, and so on. A raga is basically a melody produced by playing a set of specific notes and adhering to certain rules. I recommend covering only one or two holes at first, or none at all.

The drone is most often using the notes “low Pa – Sa – Sa – low Sa”, though if the raga in question lacks Pa, but has shudd Ma i. As there is no key change in a raga, it is possible and preferable to have a drone in the background that repeatedly plays the tonic and one or two other important notes raag the raga. If the raga lacks both Pa and shudd Ma i. Please continue to share your videos online!

Each melody in Indian Classical Music is called a raga. The next thing you need to know is that some notes have more importance than others. Occasionally a “jor” follows, which has rhythm, but no composition, and is not accompanied by percussion.

The drone serves several purposes: Further, there are ragas that use 5 or 6 notes going up, but 7 notes coming down, and there are ragas that have notes in their natural form on ascent, but in their flattened form on descent. There is also a broad time cycle that is followed while rendering a Raga.

S – Sa the tonic, 1st note of any scale; played from any pitch!

The slow introductory section, called “alap”, lacks rhythm and is entirely improvised. The underlying scale may have five, six or seven swaras. Tilak Kamod, Hameer — Mishra: The performance will eventually gain in speed and become more and more intense.


Do not attempt to cover more than the first couple holes, for if any hole is not entirely closed you will get no sound whatsoever! There are thousands of ragas, which are derived from the 72 possible combinations of heptatonic 7-note scales known as melakartas in southern Indiaas well as hundreds of possible combinations of hexatonic 6-note and pentatonic 5-note scales. Raga Bhupali is a Bhakti devotional raga and creates this mood.

If you are interested in learning bansuri, you will definitely find it useful! A player will play the sthayi several times and then begin to improvise before coming back to the Sthayi.

There will also be longer improvisations where a performer will leave the sthayi for some time but eventually come back to it. With the 7th hole closed, I get as low as teevra Ma the sharp 4thwhich is extremely useful in ragas like Yaman or Puriya. Are you ready to take your flute playing to the next level! The new website will allow users to register, log in, upload and share their own music; and have far more compositions, mp3s, videos, tutorials, forum, social networking ability, etc You will see below that the 16 beats are divided into 4 beat sections this is why there are gaps between the beats in the table below and that they all add up to 16 beats.

If anyone wants to financially contribute to my recording gear bill, it would be much appreciated, and would result in more and higher quality bamboo flute recordings and lessons that would spread the music and the knowledge.

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The music is very complex and if you are completely new to Indian music, bare with me, I will do my best to explain what I have learnt so far. I use a 7th hole played with my right pinky fingerwhich enables me to play a half step lower than on a 6-hole flute. Basic Foundation Swaras and symbolic notation Basic Flute structure. This is where of our website visitors banduri from on November 18th, It is one of the world’s most ancient instruments, having existed in more or bansuru its current form for about 4, years.

Sa is played by closing the first three holes of the flute.

You are now listening to Kerry Kriger playing alap in Darbari. Kafi, Sindhi Bhairavi, Piloo.

Other bansuri players who use the 7th hole include Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao and the late Pandit Panallal Ghoshwho pioneered the style and brought the bansuri to the forefront of Indian Classical Music.


Furthermore, ragas are traditionally played at different times of the day. Today it is one of the two parts of Indian classical music, with the other one being Carnatic music, which represents the music of the South. The “Sthayi” which is the first part of the composition and is a central and dominant part of the composition, played many times and which allows us to express the lower register; and the second part called the bansuei which allows us to explore the higher register and then come back to the lower register and go back to the beginning of the sthayi.

Hindustani classical music is the North Indian style of music found throughout the Northern Indian subcontinent.

In a full length classical piece, there are usually two gats, the first is slow to medium tempo, and when this finishes, a fast gat is played, usually using a different composition and a different rhythm. As I mentioned before, each raga creates different emotions and feelings.

Please sign up for the Indian Flute Music mailing list so I can keep you informed when it becomes available! After gaga, the composition begins. It is important also to know that there are hundreds of ragas – all with different names, some are more common than others. In essence, Indian notes are banuri on naturally occuring overtones and are thus “pure”, while the key changes required by Western Music, require scales with notes that are somewhat compromised.

Your mouth serves as the 4th point of balance.

Notice that each note has only one name! If you are a web designer and know Joomla and you would like to volunteer your skills to further the flute, please let me know! A piece of cork is placed a few millimeters above the mouth hole to force all the air to go in the opposite direction, past 6 to 7 finger holes. Thanks for your bahsuri Ragas are many and each has its own distinctive rag and feel.

A raga is more than a scale. If you start on the 9th beat and begin the next line on the 9th beat – then well done!