I'm using the fingering chart below for Bansuri

I know it takes time to master half-notes. A lot of times sound doesn't come, which is fine. But at least I can distinguish the Komal notes of dha, ni, ga, Ma from the Sharp notes of Dha, Ni, Ga, Ma

But what about re?

Whether I attempt to play Komal re or Sharp Re it sounds the same.

Any best practices for overcoming this?

As a beginner (two months, can practice up to an hour daily, 5 to 6 times a week), I'd rather get a strong foundation and practice using this complex fingering chart. Plus it makes intuitive sense (to me).

Bansuri fingering chart

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I could tell you that without practice it's not going to be easy. I could remind myself of the same situation. First, I would like to recommend that you should get familiar with the sound frequency of all of the notation unless you clearly can't differentiate the sound of which note or sur had been played. You would probably get more confused, so you may bring the keyboard instrument for that.

Or you could listen to the song with having notation of that song. For playing those two notes there are only minor differences of blow and if the third finger hole (from the top position of flute) will slightly open/close (not necessarily half) than still. You may listen to Komal re (if the first three whole blocking sound is sa for you). It was a challenge for me to block that hole entirely rather than half open.

I would like to add that if you begin saptak from all holes blocked as sa then it will be easier to play these notes.

If you don't have a keyboard, and the song you may play is composed within Bhairav, Poorvi, Marwa, (which have komal re) or raga asavari (this has both re's) You can also search on YouTube to find the composition of this raag.

So keep practicing! If you do, you will surely get success. Hope my answer helps. All the best.

  • Hello @nisarg-desai so you may bring the keyboard instrument for that. How would I bring a keyboard instrument for that. I only have access to Bansuri. or may listen the song with having notation of that song. Can you add links to songs with these notations
    – Marium
    Mar 31, 2019 at 15:49
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    you may use mobile app if you don't have keyboard. and song you may play that composed within Bhairav, Poorvi, Marwa that that have shudhdh re and here is raga asavari tanarang.com/english/komal-rishabh-asawari_eng.htm both re included. but proceed only once you able to differentiate them on sound level. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:40
  • Thank you so much .... such a helpful link ... I marked your solution as answer. If possible please include link in your original answer (to help other Bansuri students)
    – Marium
    Apr 4, 2019 at 15:29
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    @Marium happy to help. answer has been updated. Apr 8, 2019 at 10:25
  • @NisargDesai Bhairav, Purvi, Marwa use "komal re", not shuddh re.. need to edit that part!
    – dry leaf
    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:46

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