Learn How to Play Sarangi - Online Sarangi Training Class Lessons
GAALC - Global Academy of Arts, Languages and culture offers distance music education programs to learn playing Indian classical music instruments like Sarangi Bowed short necked string instrument, the Hindustani classical musical instrument with online Sarangi music learning class lessons facilitated on Skype or Google hangouts.
LEARNING HOW TO PLAY SARANGI - SARANGI PLAYING TECHNIQUES : The sound of Sarangi resembles most to the sound of the human voice, Sarangi is able to imitate the vocal ornaments such as gamaks (shakes) and meends (sliding movements) and so it is said that Sarangi music is vocal music and the Sarangi players sing with their fingers. Most sarangi players /b>learn to sing before they begin to play Sarangi. The most important technique when learning to play Sarangi is the Sarangi fingering skills. Sarangi is a fretless instrument so the Sarangi player has to know very well where the notes are lying, Sarangi consisits of 40 strings of which 37 strings are the sympathetic resonance strings of Sarangi, made of steel / brass providing bright echo like resonances. It has three main melody strings, made of gut, which are played with a bow, giving the instrument its characteristic sound. The Sarangi musical instrument is held in a vertical position and played with a bow, the Sarangi player has to press the fingernails of the left hand against the strings, the strings are stopped with the nails, cuticles and the surrounding flesh. From the three main playing strings of Sarangi, the first tetrachord of the lower octave (Sa through Tivra Ma in Indian classical music notations) is played with the heavy third string, the middle sized second string plays the upper portion of the lower octave and the thin first string plays the remaining two octaves. The right hand is used for bowing the strings and left hand is used for stopping the strings in a particular position for a specific musical note. The first three fingers of the left hand are usually used to stop the strings including the index finger, middle finger and the ring finger.
SARANGI PLAYING POSTURE: SARANGI PLAYING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE: : When played, the Sarangi instrument is positioned in such a way that the uppermost part (head) is placed on the lap and the other end rests against the left shoulder of the Sarangi player. Sitting in a cross leg posture and placing the Sarangi across the left shoulder in 60 to 45 degree angle is the common posture of an Indian Sarangi player. Sometimes Sarangi players place the bottom of the instrument in front of them. The three main strings are played with a horse hair bow, made of rosewood or ebony, which is held in the right hand, mainly contributing to the vocal quality of the Sarangi’s sound. The fingers of the left hand is used for stopping the strings, the strings are stopped with the sides of finger nails and not by the balls of fingers. To play the Sarangi instrument, the Sarangi bow is held palm upwards and it is drawn across the main strings of the Sarangi, just above the bridge of Sarangi. The fingers of the Sarangi player's left hand stop the strings which is done by pressing and sliding the bottom of the fingernail against the side of the Sarangi strings. Sarangi players often use talcum powder on their palms and fingers to lubricate and to facilitate the ease in gliding of the hand up and down the neck of Sarangi. The gliding of the finger nails along the Sarangi strings creates the sound characteristic of Indian Hindustani classical music. The Sarangi instrument’s tone and playability are largely determined by its placement and contouring of the Sarangi bridges, the thickness and height of the Sarangi strings, the right playing posture and the correct fitting of the Sarangi pegs. Sarangi is said to be the most difficult Indian classical music instrument to learn and to master, the skillful art of playing good Sarangi is a complex skill that require extensive practice and years of experience in playing Sarangi as vocal accompany and Sarangi solo playing.
SARANGI TUNING TECHNIQUES : Sarangi has one standard tuning, another Sarangi tuning for folk music, specific raga based tunings and alternative tunings. The standard tuning of a Sarangi is: there are three main playing strings, one drone string and two sets of sympathetic resonance strings (tarabs). The tuning of Sa, lower Pa, and low Sa, would be the most basic for the main 3 playing strings, usually the drone string is tuned to Sa, but Ma or Pa can also be tuned. The tunings of the 35 - 37 sympathetic strings are numerous, the upper sympathetic strings can be tuned according to the notes of the raga, the group of one side of Sarangi strings can be tuned chromatically while the other group of side strings can be tuned to the raga. Alternatively, the three main playing strings which are tuned in Pa, Sa, Pa or Ma, Sa, Ma format. The drone string tuned in lower Sa or Pa. and all the sympathetic strings are tuned as per the specific composition or Raga. If the Sarangi player wants to play major notes then it is tuned in major notes and if minor notes are to be played on Sarangi then it tuned in minor notes respectively. A properly tuned sarangi will hum and cry and will sound like melodious meowing, with tones played on any of the main strings eliciting echo-like resonances.
ONLINE INDIAN SARANGI LESSONS / SARANGI LEARNING CLASSES BY SARANGI GURU: GAALC offers online Sarangi lessons to learn playing Sarangi with Indian Sarangi training instructor Guru online. The Sarangi teachers teaching Sarangi to the global Sarangi learning students train how to play Sarangi - the North Indian Hindustani classical music on Sarangi, including the Indian classical musical ragas or raag (Bhartiya Shastriya Sangit raag) and the musical compositions based on music raag (Shastriya Sangeet Raag). An experienced and qualified Sarangi trainer guru for beginners, intermediate and advanced level Sarangi students trains according to the GAALC Sarangi instrumental music training curriculum for certificate level courses.
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