This course will offer an introduction to Hindustani music. We will focus on basic terminology and concepts, and work on three different ragas to get a feel for differing melodic material. We will also explore the common 16 beat tala (rhythmic cycle) known as Teental. We will also look at improvising within the framework of the raga and tala (rhythm).
This music is traditionally learned by imitating a teacher, often very slowly and in-depth. Through his many years of learning and teaching Hindustani music, instructor Ido Segal has developed a collection of exercises, as well as a system to easily understand how to build rhythmic improvisation.
This course is for students who have no prior experience or knowledge of Indian music, as well as those who have basic knowledge and want to improve their understanding of the music and their improvisational ability.
The course material will be as following:
· Basic terminology of Hindustani music
· Ascending-descending concept
· Alap – an improvisation without rhythm
· Raga Kirwani
Day 2 :
· Raga Jog – a more complex raga with ascending-descending rules
· Ornamentation in Hindustani music
Day 3 :
· The concept of the rhythmic cycle
· Improvising on a 16 beat cycle (Teental)
Day 4 :
· What is a Tihai, and how can I create my own?
· Telling a story while improvising and using the Tihai as a closing phrase
Day 5 :
· Introduction to folk songs
· Raga Khamaj – “Anar Anar”
· Raga Bhairavi – “Bin Dekhe Sajan Ko”