Hi, I have taken some lessons on Indian style Ragas,
its great. The first thing Guruji started me on is
these drum machine drills. He is awesome, I have
to pay attention and treat him with respect, I have
to call him Guruji and things like that. You should
hear how much volume and confidence when he sings the notes
and claps on the rhythm. He talks poetically sometimes
as though it was normal conversation. He is a virtuoso
sitar player and he knows all these ragas and compositions,
I bring over my guitar and he teaches me from the sitar to
I practiced all these different kind of techniques but
one thing I didnt do was any drum machine drills.
There's mantras that go along with the rhythms.
The Indian style training involves singing the notes,
kind of like Do Re Mi except its Sa Re Ga. Guruji has me
learning this one Raga that is based on Vachaspati which
is from the Melodic Modes. Theres also mantras for the
rhythms, there is this whole system of singing the rhythm
and the picking patterns. One doesnt sing the melody mantras
and the rhythm mantras at the same time. This timing thing
of course is where I have to train, I have to sing these
mantras and hit the note right on the beat, so I have to
go back to the beginner level in some ways but because
I did all this other practice I am getting it together good.
He told me to get this machine so I bought one:
Programmable Indian style drum machine:
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One thing I learned from a Sarod player before I started
these lessons from Guruji is these circular taans.
This is a circular taan for Raga Bhimpalasi:
PNSG RSNS GMPN DPMP NSGR SNDP MGRS NSND
Bhimpalsi is based on Dorian so S=1st, R=2nd, G=b3rd, M=4th, P=5th, D=6th, N=b7th.
The idea of a circular taan is go through the permutations:
etc - for a total of 32
and putting things in like
You dont have to think, its automatic, 100s of drills are automatically
based off memorizing only that one first line.
It goes towards metal, its like jazz training or something, it all adds up to metal,
its another means to the same end. I always like improvising and Indian style vocalists,
I want to do metal like that. Actually even traditional ragas themselves are heavy metal.
Have a good one,
Ok, 3 things, 1 F--- off, 2 I havent come back to clarify anything on the basis
that anybody cares, 3 I realized I f---ed up something I said before
and I dont want to leave it.
That circular taan spans 2 octaves and I didnt say note that.
PN lower octave
SGRS middle octave
N lower octave
SGMPNDPMPN middle octave
SGRS upper octave
NDPMGRS middle octave
N lower octave
S middle octave
ND lower octave