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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Bansuri Flute: LEARN HINDUSTANI MUSIC – RAGAS – The basics

However, it should be noted that as ragas were transmitted orally from teacher to student, some ragas vary across regions, traditions and styles. Raga Bhupali is traditionally played in the evening between 6pm to 9pm. Thus popular ragas like Yaman or Bhairavi have thousands of compositions in use today, yet when any of them are well played, an experienced listener can quickly determine what raga they are hearing.

Often, a “tihai” a short phrase repeated three times signals the return to the gat. I recommend covering only one or two holes at first, or none at all. You are now listening to Kerry Kriger playing alap in Darbari. So when a musician plays Raga Bhupali, he or she will play these notes longer or may start or stop on these notes.

The performer then gradually works his or her way up through the notes, introducing the next note up but then coming back down. Kafi, Sindhi Bhairavi, Piloo. 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 in the raga.

In this website I pass the music on to you. 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.

So we now know that Ragas consist of certain notes which must be played and other notes which must be omitted. The first note tonic of any scale in Indian Music is called “Sa”. bansui

The natural scale of the bansuri is Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa excluding half notes – but when we play different ragas, we select only some of these notes. This will happen many times: Here, we are providing many ragas with composition and improvisations through pre-composed alaap and taans, which will help the aspirants to understand and know the concepts of rendering and improvisations in a raga.


Basic Foundation Swaras and symbolic notation Basic Flute structure. The gat signals the percussionist to join in, so if you listen for the tabla the most common drum of northern India to begin, you’ll know when the gat is being played. After alaap, the composition begins. Most bansuri players currently use only 6 finger holes, as that is the style employed by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the most well-known bansuri player, and the one with the most students.

What should I know first Begin here.

Imagine someone saying to you “Ok so now you can play on the bansuri the normal notes; Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa, but now you must only play specific notes and some notes you must not play at all”. Higher notes are produced by successively lifting fingers and blowing slightly harderand lower notes are produced by successively closing fingers and blowing slightly less forcefully.

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Many ragas share the same scale. Malkaunsthe Ma is used instead of the Pa. You will now need a tabla Indian drum or a tabla player on computer or ipod. 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. R agas in I ndian C lassical M usic: Thus, the next note higher in the major scale Bilawal”Shuddh Re” is played with the top two fingers down, and “Shuddh Ga” the natural 3rd is raba with only the top hole covered.

The 7th hole is also useful for ornaments such as PMDPMP, as the entire ornament can bannsuri played in a single register, producing a more fluid sound between notes. The goal of the site is to spread bamboo flute music and to Indian classical musical knowledge.

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In Indian classical music, all ragas are rendered and improvised spontaneously, but it is almost impossible for a beginner to understand how these improvisations are done and its concepts. The raga often culminates with a fully improvised crescendo called “jhala”, which for bansuri players is a fast staccato section using a lot of tonguing to break each note.


Ragas are many and each has its own distinctive quality and feel. I recently started setting up a real home recording studio, so I can start producing lots of awesome recordings for your listening enjoyment.

The rqga also helps players identify which raga is being played. 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.

The next thing you need to know is that some notes have more importance than others. Please let me know if you babsuri helpthanks! If you are rags web designer and know Joomla and you would like to volunteer your skills to further the flute, please let me know!

A raga is more than a scale. This if very difficult to explain, but I will do my best here. The bansuri is a transverse side-blown bamboo flute from northern India. The vansuri is made of a hollow piece of bamboo that is cut so as to lack the internodes, which would bansuti with the instrument’s tuning and tone.

Ragas are differentiated from each other by the prominence of certain fixed notes, and by the sequence of a particular note or distinctive phrases. An interesting aspect of the raga is that the compositions used in each raga are not fixed, and anybody can compose their own gat for a raga, given that the main framework bbansuri the raga its scale, important phrases, important notes, etc The pakad refers to typical and generally accepted patterns of notes associated with a specific raga and which will help you to bring out the essence and full feeling of a particular raga.

This drone is most often produced with a “tanpura”, a 4 to 6 stringed instrument, whose strings are repeatedly plucked for the duration of the performance. Bansuri Welcome to indianflutemusic. Everything on the site is free. For Raga Bhupali, the vadi most important note is: If you start on the 9th beat and begin the next line on the 9th beat – then well done!

Notice that each note banuri only one name!

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