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Page 1 of 41karnATik Beginners' notationshttp://www.karnatik.comCopyright
2002-2003 rani. All rights reserved.
Beginners' Lessons Notation(January 2002)
Before you begin 1 What you need 1Things to think about 2 Notation notes 3Sarali varisai (lesson 1) 4-11JanTa varisai (lesson 2)12-23TaaTu varisai (lesson 3) 24-27 MElstaayi varisai (lesson 4) 28-30 Mandrastaayi varisai (lesson 5) 31-33 Alankaarams (lesson 6) 34-41
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Page 2 of 41karnATik Beginners' notationshttp://www.karnatik.comCopyright
2002-2003 rani. All rights reserved.
Beginners' Lessons - Before you begin
Before you begin your first lessons, you must beready. For go through the Carnatic introductions(check the main page). When you have a basicunderstanding of the notes of Carnatic, it willhelp you sing better. Now, continue.
You will need the following:
A good teacher. This is essential because this person willcorrect your mistakes and set a good example to follow.Your teacher should be someone capable of performing andhave a good reputation for teaching. Treat your teacherwith respect and consideration at all times, even when youare no longer learning from her. Instrumentalists must besure to learn from both a vocal and instrumental teacher.From the instrumental teacher you will learn technique andfrom the vocal teacher how to play as though yourinstrument is singing the words.Dedication. It is not enough to just show up for class oncea week. Practice everyday, even for as little as half anhour. For those who wish to be performers, weekday practiceshould be 4-5 hours.Listening skills. You must be ready to listen carefully toyour teacher and to other performers. Listening to greatrecordings of (especially) past greats will help you learnmusic faster. Attend concerts as well.A shruthi box or tambura. This will provide the basic notessa and its fifth pa. Ask your teacher to help you find yourideal pitch so you can sing at least two whole octavescomfortably. Find out exactly how to tune either yourshruthi box or tambura. Listen to the notes carefully atleast five minutes.
Page 3 of 41karnATik Beginners' notationshttp://www.karnatik.comCopyright
2002-2003 rani. All rights reserved.
Things to think about as you start(especially for singers):
1.Don't sing like a robot. You have to enjoy what you'redoing. Music is fun!2.Don't strain your voice. If you can't get a note, sing itsoftly or shift your shruthi down. With regular practiceyou will be able to hit the higher notes more comfortably.3.Keep a steady speed. There's no need to rush. Don't tryto think you have to get through everything quickly.Instead, do it slow, go through a little at a time, gettingeverything right. It's more important to be correct than itis to be fast.4.Sit up straight. Sit cross-legged on the floor and keepyour back comfortable but straight. Hold your neck back,not sticking out, but relaxed. Rest your hands loosely onyour thighs or knees.5.Now sing sa, pa, and high sa. Hold LONG notes and seethat they match with theshruthi box. Your teacher will help you.6.Choose a raaga for your beginning exercises. They areusually sung in the raagamaayamaaLavagowLa, but some teachers use shankaraabharaNamor any other raagathat has 7 notes in its scale.7.When you sing, sing long. Hold each note as long aspossible (kaarvai), holding your breath and singing "fromyour belly." Try to get the note smooth and even, withoutwavering. Try to hold it for as long as a minute.8.When you have practiced the lessons and know them well,sing them accurately (ask your teacher), you can sing themin akaaram. This is when you use the sound aaaa... insteadof the notes sa ri ga ma pa da ni for your exercises.

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