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How to make A-scale Bansuri blend into A-scale Tampura

I have A scale Bass Bansuri 6 holes, total length is 23.5", length from embouchure (blowing hole) to Pa (6th and last hole) is 16" I use online Tanpura, https://www.anubodh.com/tanpura.php ...
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What are some good ways to find and choose a Bansuri Guru (teacher) [duplicate]

What are some good ways to find and choose a Bansuri Guru teacher Google turns up so many results, how do I know which is the right one? And they cost a fortune!
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Should I learn first Western Flute or Bansuri?

I am planning to get lessons on the flute. I do love the bansuri flute, but I am unsure if it's a good idea to start getting lessons on bansuri instead of western flute as almost complete beginner to ...
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Bansuri sound producing

I have started learning bansuri, I learnt how to produce sound and finger placements. But my doubt is that whether I'm sounding correctly or not. Is there any way I can find whether I'm sound ...
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Play Bansuri WITHOUT Person in Next Room Knowing

I took up Bansuri practice again and it disturbs the person in the next room. How do I play Bansuri so that the person in the next room doesn't even know I am playing? I am unable to find a muter for ...
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Problem playing higher swaras on Bansuri occationally on G Sharp

I'm practicing with G sharp flute(Indian Bansuri) for notes (alankars) that include higher swaras. I have recently upgraded from A middle (23 inch) to G sharp (24 Inch) flute. Occationally, I find it ...
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Western Flute vs Indian Flute (bansuri) differences?

I'm planning on buying and learning to play the flute, I'm trying to decide whether to start by learning the western flute or the bansuri. I like the sound of bansuri as it's very soothing to me. I ...
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How to Find Rhyming Notes in Bansuri

Please note, I am NOT asking for notes interpretation, I am simply asking how to determine rhyming notes for Bansuri. For several months I was following this Tum Hi Ho tutorial (and I am 95% done, so ...
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Which Notes to Balance for Bansuri Practice

One tutorial (at end of post) shows instructor balancing all notes on Sa, i.e. starting from low octave ... 'pa Sa 'da Sa through the middle octave ... Re Sa Ga Sa and finally high octave, the ...
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Convert Hindustani Bansuri Notes to Carnatic Venu Notes

I plan to use this video to further learn "Tum Hi Ho" on Bansuri However, the notes sequences are entirely different Ascending is Sa Re2 Ga2 Ma1 Pa Da1 Ni2 Sa Descending is Sa' Ni2 Da1 Pa Ma1 Ga2 ...
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Expert Guidance on Body Posture when Playing Bansuri

So far when I play Bansuri, my torso is twisted to the left, while sitting cross-legged on my bed (and I attempt to sit straight). And my head is slightly bent at an angle. I see others playing ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

Can you recommend good breathing exercises to play woodwinds such as Flute and Bansuri. Other than continual practice of these beautiful instruments, what are some breathing exercises to improve lung ...
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When to Catch Breath when Playing Bansuri

I've recorded myself playing Bansuri (simple tunes) and notice I take lot of breaths. How to secretly catch my breath. At this point, the longest I can hold any note is 30 seconds.
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How Firm to hold Bansuri

I understand that one must blow softly on Bansuri, as if cooling a food item. But what about how firm to hold Bansuri. I noticed my hands got tired after 6 minutes of playing because I held onto the ...
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Am I Hearing Bansuri Tune Correctly

I am learning to play Tum Hi Ho via this tutorial Harsh Dave sings out the saptak (he doesn't write it), hence there is a lot of pause, slow-play, and repeats to understand the notes. Here at 2:30 I ...
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How Can Newcomer Learn by Ear

I'm new to Bansuri and am practicing simple, repetitive tunes, such as Om Jai Jagdish Hare A good friend requested I learn below song. I am unable to find tutorials, or even notation anywhere. This ...
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Ear-Training to interpret Tune for Bansuri

I am learning Om Jai Jagdish Hare on Bansuri from this YouTUBE tutorial This gentleman makes lot of ornamentations, which I think are well-suited for the absolute last stanza of this Aarti. Now, I ...
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Rhythm or Laya in Bansuri

I am struggling with the concept of Rhythm or Laya in Bansuri Right now, understand that Laya is the speed at which notes are played one after another. But how do I read Bansuri notes such that I ...
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How to use Meend in Bansuri Playing

I am following tutorial to play Om Jai Jagdish Hare. The gentleman says we can use Meend in Bansuri. He explains it is a soft way to go from one note to the next. How would I do it. The video ...
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How to transition between notes in Bansuri

Ok, at this point, I am teaching myself Bansuri (A Scale) by playing simple tunes 10-15 min a day (totally swamped nowadays) Playing Om Jai Jagdish Hare it quite straightforward (plus I am familiar ...
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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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Play D Scale Tune on A Scale Bansuri

Please confirm if it is possible to play D scale tune on A scale Bansuri, i.e convert Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni to Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa Re Ga According to this, it will work for Chinese bamboo flute, ...
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Are these Bansuri Notes all on the Low Octave (to me they are on Low and Middle)

As a newbie I am trying to play these notes of O RE PIYA http://sargamnote.blogspot.com/ To my ear, all the notes belong in the Low and Middle Octave of this beginner Bansuri Fingering Chart (as ...
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Is it Good Practice to Sing Saptak while Practicing Bansuri

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 ...
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Equivalency between Indian Classical Saptak and Western Notes

Can anyone tell me the equivalency between Indian Classical Saptak, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa and Western Notes, C D E F G A B It is Sa ~ C, Re ~ D, Ga ~ E, etc, or is it something else. Please ...
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Configure 4-4 Tabla for Bansuri Practice

The video below (starting at 2:50) shows the Instructor turning on the 4-4 Tabla player. How did he configure the Tabla player? He's a wonderful Instructor, but rather vague on these points. In my ...
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Komal `re` and Sharp `Re` sound Identical [Bansuri]

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, ...
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Tampura vs 4-4 Tabla Playing during Bansuri Practice

So far, I thought one should play Tampura when practicing Bansuri. The Tampura must be on Pa and on the same scale as the Bansuri. Now this video says we must use 4-4 Tabla (which, of course can be ...
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Which Bansuri Fingering Chart to use with Practicing Saptak (both Beginners and Experienced)

I totally appreciate the nuances of Bansuri notation. And I am starting to notice subtle differences when practicing half-notes (i.e. Komal) Is it best practice to use simple Bansuri fingering chart ...
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Bansuri 1/2 open Ma vs full open Ma

In Bansuri notation, Ma is half open or fully open. Which octave is half open Ma located and which octave is full open Ma located. Or is full open Ma a special case? Different places tell different ...
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In What Order to Practice Holding Notes on Bansuri

At the start of Bansuri practice, I try to blow each note and hold as long as possible. I do this 6 times per note, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni SA But now I realize there are three octaves in Bansuri ...
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How to Disinfect a Bansuri?

I am seeing different ways on Internet to disinfect a Bansuri. One person suggested submerging in water and then hold over an open flame (this doesn't sound like good idea, especially with the nylon ...
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How to interpret Bansuri Scale reading on "Swar Meter"

I downloaded "Swar Meter" and played Sa on my 23" Bansuri that says "A" scale However, "Swar Meter" consistently measures between "A" and "A#" I tried same exercise on my 24" Bansuri that says "A" ...
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Speed of Tampura app during Bansuri practice

I understand Tampura app (I use Tampura droid) must be on during Bansuri practice so player learns to tell (by ear) whether they are in tune. Since I have A-Scale Bansuri the Tampura is on A-Scale ...
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Tanpura app during Bansuri Practice

I am viewing this tutorial and am unclear on Please clarify two things What is purpose of Tanpura (I got Tanpura Droid) playing in background. Is it to create an ...
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Differences in Bansuri Fingering Chart

I have been practicing little over a month roughly 30 minutes a day. Bansuri is A scale, almost 23.5" So far I am practicing SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and using higher octave when doing PA DHA NI SA. ...
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How do I Read Bansuri Notation

How do I read Bansuri Notation Mumbai theme - A R Rahman I know SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and the concept of low and high octaves. How do I correlate the letters. And where are the letter ...
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How do I get consistent sound during Bansuri practice

I am teaching myself Bansuri (23", A scale), using YouTUBE videos. Just recently I understood the concept of octaves, i.e. blowing sound hard and soft with same closed holes will produce high and low ...
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Technique: How to produce even sound of an octave in Bamboo flute [Bansuri]?

I've been practicing to play Bansuri for 3 months. I practice playing single note for longer duration, and Alankars [patterns]. Starting note Sa [or C in Western notation] is played by closing first ...
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