chapter 3 notes - Notes The first step is to have a tanpura...

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Notes The first step is to have a tanpura or shruti box, which will provide the basic note "Sa" and the fifth note from it, which is "Paa". You can seek your guru's help in determining your ideal pitch, which enables you to traverse at least two octaves (from Paa in the lower octave to Paa in the higher octave) comfortable over a period of time. It is equally vital to learn to tune either of these instruments from one's master. Then listen to it carefully and try to register the notes (sa - pa - sa) in your mind. Then try to sing these two constant notes tunefully, making an effort to understand the relationship between the frequencies that "Sa" and "Pa" are sung at. Subsequently, the teacher will introduce the rest of the notes, and here again, you should try to make yourself aware of where (in terms of frequency) they are, with respect to "Sa". Singing in tune is the primary source of joy. Most teachers prefer to use this raga because it has different
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Unformatted text preview: intervals. Once the student achieves sufficient command over these exercises, the same can be attempted in other melakartha ragas. One should now try to hold every one of these notes tunefully as long as possible. This sustenance of a note is called "kaarvai." Attention should be give to singing in tune, holding one's breath and releasing it with a good tone. This exercise is a must, before the sarali or other varishais are taught. This should be done without tala initially, until the students learn to sing or play the notes perfectly. Karvais are used at all levels in Carnatic music and they can create a very soulful, tranquil and evocative atmosphere. At the very fundamental level, they build a scientific approach to the rest of the music that students will subsequently be introduced to. An artiste must be able to hold any note steadily and tunefully for at least 10-15 seconds and gradually increase this to a minute....
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  • Fall '14
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  • pAA, Carnatic music, shruti box, basic note, ideal pitch

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