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Answered on 12 Nov Music

Siddharth Viyyapu

10 years of playing guitar and now formally working with Furtados School of Music.

Do all the three in the following sequence.Western, Hindustani, ClassicalLearn Western for its simple structure and the knowledge of harmony.Hindustani for various rages that help you understand and express a range of emotions.Carnatic for microtonal knowledge and proficiency. read more

Do all the three in the following sequence.
Western, Hindustani, Classical
Learn Western for its simple structure and the knowledge of harmony.
Hindustani for various rages that help you understand and express a range of emotions.
Carnatic for microtonal knowledge and proficiency.

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Lesson Posted on 26 Nov Music

Basic understanding of musical instruments

Praveen Wilson

I am teaching guitar and keyboard from past 6 months wanted to share my expertise and knowledge of guitar...

Hi all, If anyone wants to become a successful musician, practice is pretty essential with the right technique. And remember any musical instrument is a keep in touch instrument if there are long gaps it would actually take you back to basics; therefore, constant playing is very important for improvisation... read more

Hi all,
If anyone wants to become a successful musician, practice is pretty essential with the right technique. And remember any musical instrument is a keep in touch instrument if there are long gaps it would actually take you back to basics; therefore, constant playing is very important for improvisation in any instrument.
I teach guitar and keyboard. So my final thoughts would be relaxed while playing music, let go any tension, enjoy the music dedicate time to practice read theory notes regularly and try to perform so that you learn how to get used to in performing before the audiences. Enjoy playing music daily or at least three days in a week so you don't lack behind and which actually will keep you going.

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Asked on 18 Oct Music/Vocal Music/Hindustani Singing

Could you please verify the docs. It's pending. Have uploaded it twice now. Also, please suggest how... read more

Could you please verify the docs. It's pending. Have uploaded it twice now. Also, please suggest how YouTube link is inserted in the gallery instead of MP4 videos

Could you please verify the docs. It's pending. Have uploaded it twice now. Also, please suggest how YouTube link is inserted in the gallery instead of MP4 videoss

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Lesson Posted on 09 Oct Music/Instrumental Music Music/Instrumental Music/Piano

Aural test practice

Keerthana Lakshmi

I have 7+ years of experience in teaching Piano, Keyboard, Guitar & Western Music Theory Classes for...

For many students, when they encounter their first listening test, they freeze. Non-music majors might encounter this type of test and music majors DEFINITELY encounter the aural listening test at some point in their life. I have compiled a list of tricks and tips for the listening exam. Start... read more

For many students, when they encounter their first listening test, they freeze.

Non-music majors might encounter this type of test and music majors DEFINITELY encounter the aural listening test at some point in their life.

I have compiled a list of tricks and tips for the listening exam.

 

  • Start Early
    – This sounds obvious but it is a common mistake to wait till the last minute for a listening exam.
          
  • Active Listening
    -I have more info on this under “take notes” but don’t just put the listening material in the background while you work on other things.
    -It is okay to have it in the background once in a while but take the time to sit down and focus on nothing but the music.
    -A few focused listening sessions can do more than “listening” to the music in the background all day.
          
  • Don’t Cram
    – This goes back to starting early. While it is possible (but not recommended) to cram for a visual type test and still get a good grade, this is often harder to do on a listening test. Your brain may not be used to absorbing and retaining this kind of information.
          
  • Break the Listening Down
    – I often suggest that students listen to maybe one or two pieces the first day, then a third the next day, review on the third, then learn the rest on the fourth and review everything until the test.
    -Obviously you have to break down your listening material as needed but not learning everything in one sitting is very helpful.
    -When I had to listen to entire symphonies for tests, I would listen to movement per day on repeat. By the end of the week, I could review the whole symphony.
    -When I had to listen to many short works, I would pick two or three to memorize per day, compared to five or six.
          
  • Listen to the Entire Piece
    – Music Majors are especially familiar with the phrase “drop the needle.” This phrase is a throw back to record players and one would literally drop the needle and the music would start playing from that point.
    Today, the phrase references the fact that the teacher might start the test from ANY point in the music and you have to be able to identify what the piece is from the middle or any place other than the beginning.
    -Even if your instructor is NOT doing a “needle” test, this is still a good strategy. If you can identify the piece from any point, then you REALLY know the music.
    -It is also a good idea to make use of this strategy because the piece may change significantly and you may need to explain or identify what changed and why it is important.
          
  • Take Notes
    -Writing down your first impressions is a very easy way to distinguish pieces.
    -I also write down thoughts as the piece goes on.
    -I also ask questions and try to identify various elements in the music.
    Does the music change? How? When?
    What key are we in? Does it ever change? What kind of modulation?
    What instruments are playing and when?
    Who is singing? Male or female? Choir or solo?
    What is the texture? Homophonic? Heterophonic? Polyphonic?
    Chord structure?
    Melody lines?
    -These are just some basic questions that can be applied to a lot of music.
          
  • Come up with lyrics for instrumental passages
    -Students are often very familiar with language and interacting with information and tests in that manner. So use that to your advantage. I use words to help memorize chord structures and progressions. Some people may need this tool to memorize melodies.
    -Assign words to aspects of the music that are important but tricky to remember.
          
  • Playlist
    -Create playlists of the tests and put them on shuffle. It works wonders!

Some of these seem obvious. That is a good thing! Listening tests can be just as manageable as any other type of test.

These tips are only meant to get you started. Find what works for you since everyone learns a bit differently.

Happy Listening!

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Answered on 05 Nov Music/Vocal Music/Indian Vocal Music/Indian Classical Music/Carnatic Music

Jayanta Chakraborty

You are as good as you think you are

It depends on which kind of music you prefer. If you have the desire to sit for 2hrs and do the proper riyaz only then opt for Indian classical. In western, it depends on how much improvisation you can do with your vocals and the breathing technique where it is very important. Still, if you want my suggestion,... read more

It depends on which kind of music you prefer. If you have the desire to sit for 2hrs and do the proper riyaz only then opt for Indian classical. In western, it depends on how much improvisation you can do with your vocals and the breathing technique where it is very important. Still, if you want my suggestion, I would want you to listen to both performances for urself and then given your vocals decide which will fully satisfy your demand both aesthetically and from your voice quality. I would want you to devote your time to one particular style of music but would recommend you to listen to both performances. It will widen your understanding of music. For example, a folk singer should listen to country music or else he/she will not be able to improvise and hence after a while, his singing style will feel monotonous to the audiences. All the best for your musical journey
 

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Answered on 18 Sep Music/Vocal Music

Anjana

Hindustani Music

Best way is through guru shishya parampara. That is one on one class. But due to time constraint, online classes or group classes are advisable for beginners.
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Answered on 27 Aug Music/Instrumental Music/Guitar

Raja Sharath Chandra

Musician

Hello SrinuThere is no such thing as Indian classical guitarThe guitar is a western instrument, classical guitar is an old version of present-day guitars, but they work in the same way. Classical guitar has nylon strings, has a wide neck which allows us to play with fingers. We can play the melody, harmony... read more


Hello Srinu
There is no such thing as Indian classical guitar
The guitar is a western instrument, classical guitar is an old version of present-day guitars, but they work in the same way. Classical guitar has nylon strings, has a wide neck which allows us to play with fingers. We can play the melody, harmony at the same time with our fingers, which is why the classical guitar is designed.
Coming to the other guitar, you are probably referring to steel-string guitar
Which is used to play poo songs mostly, but you can also play different styles as well
Comparatively, classical guitar is accessible on our fingers than the steel string ones. Also, classical guitar approach is far superior to the regular ones.
I'd suggest learning both classical guitar and regular ones.

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Answered on 06 Jul Music/Instrumental Music Music/Vocal Music/Hindustani Singing

Indrajeet Bose

Experienced Professional Music Trainer With 19 Years Of Experience

No mobile application can judge your singing. Only a teacher can guide and help you with the technique of vocals.
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Answered on 27 Sep Music

How to speak in English?

Pushpal Sarkar

Western Classical Guitar Teacher with Over 25 Years of experience, Know your Guitar

1. You can join an institute. 2. Learn basic grammar. 3. Try to read easy English books, like comics which has pictures and dialogues. In this way, it will be faster to learn the meaning of dialogue and expression. 4. Try to read newspapers. 5. Finally, whenever you are trying to speak with someone,... read more

1. You can join an institute. 2. Learn basic grammar. 3. Try to read easy English books, like comics which has pictures and dialogues. In this way, it will be faster to learn the meaning of dialogue and expression. 4. Try to read newspapers. 5. Finally, whenever you are trying to speak with someone, don't hesitate, speak whatever comes in your mind. At first, you will make mistakes. It is natural but doesn't be ashamed, because it is a foreign language. Very soon you will be able to speak in English.

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Answered on 27 Sep Music/Instrumental Music/Violin

Should I be concerned about perfectionism or speed?

Pushpal Sarkar

Western Classical Guitar Teacher with Over 25 Years of experience, Know your Guitar

It is always perfectionism. If you learn music perfectly, you can quickly play that thing too. What you have to do is practice. And what is practice, it is the only repetition after repetition, how many times you can play your things in your home, of course cautiously not blindly. Great players can play... read more

It is always perfectionism. If you learn music perfectly, you can quickly play that thing too. What you have to do is practice. And what is practice, it is the only repetition after repetition, how many times you can play your things in your home, of course cautiously not blindly. Great players can play things at incredible speed, and they never miss because they all are after perfectionism.

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