Questions tagged [indian-classical]

The music rooted in the classical (Northern and Southern) music systems of India.

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Is practicing Indian classical on a harmonium a problem?

My Indian classical music teacher asks me to practice alankaars on a harmonium. 1) Will practicing on a harmonium somehow bias my voice towards the western fixed tempered scale on which the harmonium ...
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(Indian Classical) Violin note-spacing vs. Guitar note spaces

I play the Indian classical violin. In that, when you have a song in A, for instance, you would tune the first (lowest) and third strings to A, an octave apart, and the second and fourth to the ...
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How to write Indian Classical Music Notation on Computer/Digitaly?

I want to create a program that will write Indian classical music notation from Midi, but not able decide which representation method is best. One I know is Bhatkhande notation. I want one which is ...
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Mastering carnatic gamakas (slides, deflections)

I started learning Indian classical violin a couple of years ago. There is a lot of rigor in getting things right with my instructor, and sometimes I feel I'm plateaued and not making progress. ...
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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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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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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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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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Please help me make my drums sound harmonious

I play an Indian classical instrument called the tabla, some of you may have heard of it and some of you may not have but the overall point is that there are two drums and I was wondering what pitches ...
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Have traditional tunings for sitar been lost? Did the even-tempered scale have something to do with it?

Several decades ago I attended a citar concert, after which there was a question and answer session by the performer - sorry but I don't remember who it was now. The performer described the variety of ...
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How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation?

I have heard that Ravi Shankar once said that ragas are not jazz. However, Ravi Shankar had a significant influence on some jazz performers. How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ ...
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What are the core elements of Hindustani Classical music?

I am always fascinated with the songs which have some elements of Hindustani Classical Music. I want to learn more about the core or the basic elements of the same. I have tried to read them on ...
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Is violin used in North Indian Classical music

Indian classical music can be broadly classified as Hindustani Classical (played mostly in northern regions) and Carnatic music (played mostly in Southern regions). Is violin used only in Carnatic ...
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Western vs Indian Carnatic style of violin playing

I am a trained Indian Carnatic style violin player. Can I play Western songs on a violin with carnatic fingering techniques or do I need to re-learn everything to adopt to the Western style?
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Difference between Indian and English lyricism besides language?

Suppose we sing or rap about dark themes (depression, alcohol, drugs, violence, sex) similar to modern American music from 1970-present day in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Malayalam over Indian classical-...
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Efforts and examples of modernizing Indian lyrics and music?

English lyrics can express anything using “common language” (words you hear in everyday conversation) whether it’s love, politics, poverty, violence, or the end of times. English lyrics are direct, ...
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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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Avartan in Western music score

What is the term closest to avartan of Indian classical music in Western music score? Is it a phrase, or is it a bar? Or is there another term which denotes the cyclic ticking of musical time? How is ...
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Difference between 6 holed and 7 holed Indian bamboo flute?

I'm planning to buy an Indian bamboo flute. I found out today that there are Indian bamboo flutes with a different number of holes. There is one with 6 fingering holes called Bansuri and one with 7 ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there indian music that is not “mono chord”?

I failed to find a piece of classical indian music that modulates from a chord to another one. Can anyone give a example of not "mono chord" indian music, and if not possible, is there a reason for ...
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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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How do modern performers harmonize Hindustani classical music?

Interested to know how modern performers harmonize Hindustani classical music. Like, I heard a beautiful piano performance in Raga Shuddh Sarang. Was wondering what would be the left hand playing - ...
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Finding the Shadaj (tonic) in Hindustani Sangeet (North Indian Classical Music)

This question pertains to non-Western music and hence a bit of explanation before a question is stated. I listen to and play Hindustani Sangeet i.e. North Indian Classical Music which does not use ...
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Difference between equal temperament and just intonation

I am learning Indian classical music and learned about just intonation and equal temperament. I want to know the difference between them. I know that Indian classical music uses just intonation and ...
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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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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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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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Indian light music: Can a light music/film song exceed 7 notes?

I've been practicing to play song 'Har Ghadi Badal Rahi He' from the movie 'Kal Ho Na Ho', I extracted notes/swaras of that music by hearing. I got these notes/...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the finger technique for harmonium?

I have gone through many website to learn the finger technique for harmonium. But all they mention is the technique same as keyboard. e.g. start from c -1 d -2 e -3 f- 1 g- 2 a- 3 b 4- c-5 , 1 is ...
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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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What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu [closed]

What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu? Link :
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Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords?

Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords in compositions? I haven't seen any composition that mentioned about chords. Were Indians not aware of chords?
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What is a raga?

Wikipedia describes a raga thus: A raga is sometimes explained as melodic rule set that a musician works with, but according to Dorottya Fabian and others, this is now generally accepted among ...
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What is the Western equivalent scale of Indian Raga Mayamalavagowla?

Mayamalavagowla is the first raga taught to students who learn South Indian Carnatic Music. But I wonder what is the western scale used to represent this Raga ? Why did Carnatic Music system selects ...