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So far I hadn't seen anyone practice singing Saptak (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa) while practicing Saptak on Bansuri.

Would it be good practice or even a good idea to practice singing alongside playing into Bansuri?

Seems like it would enhance ones lung capacity. Or would singing dilute the Bansuri practice?

I myself am double minded on whether to practice singing the Saptak while practicing Bansuri, or if at all.

On the other hand I notice instructor at Easy Flute School on YouTube (I can post link on request) has solid singing voice, at least when singing Saptak for demonstration purposes.

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It is definitely a good idea to practice singing even while learning to play the Bansuri.

One advantage is that it gives you another way to internalise the positions of the notes (swaras), the form of the oscillations (gamakas), etc. It helps build a solid grounding when you have more than one method or tool to master the basics. The different forms of feedback help one to gain a better mental picture or model of the saptak.

In fact, the converse is also true: if one is learning vocal music, then it is often encouraged to learn an instrument side by side, for the same reasons.

Another advantage in your case is, as you mentioned, that it is another way to increase your lung capacity.

So, go right ahead and practice singing the saptak alongside your Bansuri practice! There won't be any dilution in your learning, only an enhancement.

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    I'm going to sing away .... – Marium Apr 22 at 16:01
  • @Marium I just realised that there is one important thing that I should have mentioned. Every person has a natural range for their singing voice, and it is possible that the pitch of the instrument is very far from the natural pitch of the singing voice. For instance, males typically have deeper voices and females more high pitched. So, it might damage the voice if a male sings at a high pitch for very long periods of time, or if a female sings at a very low pitch for long periods of time. Please take care of this aspect as well. – Brahadeesh Jul 3 at 18:42
  • @Marium [contd.] If you feel a lot of strain in your voice by singing at an unnatural pitch, then please discontinue so that you don't damage your singing voice. I will also edit my answer to update it, but in a few days time; I will be occupied with some other work for a while. – Brahadeesh Jul 3 at 18:42
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    That's a good point. First day I tried I strained my voice and had to rest a few days. Do edit your answer at leisure. And I will stay within my normal voice range :-) – Marium Jul 4 at 0:12

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