Musical notes of different series in their consecutive order of pitch within an octave form the basis of a raga. The Raga is a framework encompassing a set of rules prescribed for the melody, for the movements up and down the scale, for which notes are to be prominent, which notes or phrases are to be avoided, and so on. The framework also allows for endless variations within the set of notes. Thus, a raga is a particular arrangement of notes and melodic movements. However, it should be noted that as ragas were transmitted orally from teacher to student, some ragas vary across regions, traditions and styles. Ragas are many and each has its own distinctive quality and feel.
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Welcome to the Bansuri Bliss website! We are here to help you unlock the mysteries of the classical music of northern India! You may have also seen our other site www. All members gain access to twice monthly online lessons with Dr.
Kerry Kriger. Memberships are open now! You can visit our old but still good! A message from Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger Dr. Kerry Kriger at far right, with students and teachers of the Calcutta Music Academy. I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in a non-musical, non-Indian family and I never studied music until I was 21 years old. I was inspired to play flute in when I heard the melodious sounds of a flute while traveling through the Greek isles.
The flutist told me that if I wanted to learn the flute, I needed to learn the raga the Indian classical music form. I had recently heard the great sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar so was familiar with Indian music and knew that it was based largely on improvisation. I intended to take just two months of bansuri lessons in order to pick up the basics. But I fell in love with the instrument and the pleasures of learning Indian classical music, and bansuri has been a major part of my life ever since.
In I returned to Virginia to learn bansuri from the great flute master Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, who had studied under and collaborated with Pandit Ravi Shankar for thirty years.
Vijayji spent half of each year in Virginia, so I always tried to be there when he was there. A few summers he spent in southern California, so I spent those summers in California as well, taking as many lessons as he had time to give. Vijayji was born in India in and spent his entire life composing, recording, performing and teaching Indian music. I was fortunate to receive private lessons from him from through , and he once told me that he had taught me more material than any of his other students who include GS Sachdev and Ronu Majumdar.
One of my major goals is to share with you the wealth of knowledge that Vijayji passed down to me, and to ensure the world is filled with more and better bansuri music. Subramanian and of course my guru Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, as well as plenty of rock and roll, jazz, funk and other western music. In I built the Indian Flute Music website and started sending out regular electronic newsletters about bansuri.
In , I began uploading music lesson videos to YouTube and giving private and group lessons online and in person. In , I founded Indian Flute Music LLC and in re-branded the business as Bansuri Bliss, as bliss is what well-played bansuri often brings the musician and the audience. Kerry Kriger, Ph.
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It may take several days before a new player can get a consistent sound, but once you have it, you have it forever, so fight through the first few days! To get a sound, touch the mouth hole to the point half-way down your lower lip, and blow air basically across the top of the hole, almost as if half the air is going into the hole and half over it. Do not attempt to cover more than the first couple holes, for if any hole is not entirely closed you will get no sound whatsoever! I recommend covering only one or two holes at first, or none at all.
Basic Flute Fingering Chart
In Indian mythology and culture the bamboo flute, also known as the bansuri has a special significance as it is the chosen instrument of the Lord Krishna, who is often, depicted playing it. It takes years of dedication n persistence to achieve. The Bansuri is considered to be divine and is intimately linked to lord Krishna and Radha. It is believed that when lord Krishna played his flute, the beautiful sound had a spellbinding and enthralling effect not only on men n women but also on all life forms. Playing raga in flute is an amazing experience in itself.
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Mikagami The main thing to remember is that you do not need to blow harder but instead make your embouchure smaller so that the air flows faster through your lips. Unknown 5 December at It would be very easy for someone who is really interested in music! Thanx Warm wishes Raghuveer Singh. You explained octaves clearly. Hi, You have written please ignore all surs except ma, below the image. From the above image please ignore all the surs except Ma which are shown in grey because they basucs komal surs which we will learn later.
Learning Hindustani music takes much longer, even though you should begin learning as soon as you can play the notes. Just relax and take your time. To begin with, do not worry about covering any holes on the flute. It is far more important to get a sound first before we try to cover the holes and learn the notes.