Revealing methods and approach that i use to learn and teach music. Watch the video to get started on the path.
Why keep Hitting when you can make you Guitar Sing? You can… it is just a matter of knowing techniques, methods and mindset that will lead you down an effective path.
Not sure if you saw these videos: ARRahman song as chord melody, another ARRahman song Lead on Guitar with all the details as the singer, a video on chord pattern for your benefit, Michael Jackson’s Beat It raga version for fun and profit. Find them here
Save yourself a lot of time, money, effort and frustration…
p.s. Just a note. There has been a need for some kind of structure with Skype class admissions. So, starting this month, I may keep some dates till when I will be able to accept requests to join Skype classes.
Alaipayuthe Kanna (Raga Kaanada) Indan Raga song How to videos (on Guitar) along with the tabs, western notation, swaras and lyrics that can be used on any instrument or by singers. (Thanks to Sashi. E for taking the initiative to modify and use Lilypond to make the final layout.)
Below is the Indian Carnatic Raga song played from start to finish in one go, on a steel string acoustic guitar (done a few years back). Below this video is a playlist with 4 videos that show you in detail how to play the song with all the slides and moves that make it Indian Classical Raga. Like it? Learn with me.
The video shows a few harmonizing or arranging options for non major scale/natural minor scale kind of scales or ragas.
Here we have the Raga Mayamalavagowla (Double harmonic major, gypsy) or notes of Rag Bhairav as the example.
The scale has a b9 and a b6 note.
We look at finding diatonic, safe chords, using notes from within the scale, going through the modes to be thorough with the process.
Then we have the option to use major and minor chords or 7ths at the most. This is done by creatively adding a third note when needed, when we can match only two from the melody to any. The knowledge of chords as patterns will help one do this faster.
Below are a few clips from a pdf on Mayamalavagowla harmony.
The notes of the Raga when C is the Sa or root or pitch.
The interval names associated with the notes of the Mayamalavagowla raga (same for Raga Bhairav).
Using mode thinking to find chords of the Raga
This method can naturally be used for other ragas or scales too.
Similarly for the second mode of the Raga.
For example one sees that Dbm7, DbM7, Db7 and DbmM7 can all be used in C Mayamalavagowla harmony.
If you are interested and intrigued by finding exact chords for Ragas, scales, songs, melodies, phrases etc…
Now, in the below video, we have made the process complete by extending it to show clearly how any scale, any pitch, anywhere on the guitar can be played by just knowing the 3 major scale patterns (yes, just 3 to remember, which are in fact just one pattern with minor shifts), changed as needed. How to change it is just a matter of counting and using rules of scales available freely on the internet.
Starting with the Major scale, moving through
the Major scale modes:
Raga Kharaharapriya/ Dorian
Raga Hanumathodi/ Phrygian
Raga Harikamboji/ Mixolydian
the minor scales:
Harmonic (Raga Keeravani)
Melodic (Gaurimanohari) and
Natural (Natabhairavi) minor scales
to b9 scales of
Mayamalavagowla (Double harmonic major)
All you need to do is, be willing to pause as needed and try with me what is being done in the video. Through the example workouts, the process is learnt and then it is just a matter of repeating it again and again according to your need.
Since the age old PJ that one can’t learn Swimming through a distance learning course, is true, let us watch, copy, practise and learn.
That post used the Major scale patterns as an example. This time, let us see how by using the major scale as a reference, we can find out the 3 patterns for any scale, just by comparing the scale to the major scale. The natural minor scale (Raga Natabhairavi notes) is taken as an example here. (Different kinds of minor scales)
This malahari geetham is a bit different in structure and phrases from the other three (Lambodara/Sree gananaadha, Kereyaneeranu and Kundagowra).
The topic of Malahari geethams has enough content to be made about including: The structure of Geethams, the lyrics version of the song, the comparison between malahari geethams while noting the similarity and reusage of phrases. One may realize that through the repeated structures in the 4 compositions, the composers have let us known what could be the core characteristics of Raga Malahari.
Further, since Malahari is a Janya or derivative of Raga Mayamalavagowla (similar in notes to Raga Bhairav in Hindustani), understanding the scale pattern of Mayamalavagowla and how they are distributed on the practically playable fretboard for ones needs, is of interest.
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Please open the image in a new tab to see the complete song tabs and notation. This version is when one sings the song as its swaras. The lyrics version is to be made, with slides connecting the swaras, avoiding hits where there are no consonants (to follow soon).
The video talks about learning scales the right way understanding the pattern nature of scales and not in a short term memory kind of manner (similarity found in 50 First Dates movie premise).
Please note that all the patterns will work on a standard tuned guitar. Naturally we can use our understanding of notes on the first 5th frets (and more as you wish), to be able to play any scale.
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Shown below are examples using the major scale. What about other scales?
When we know which notes to be changed from a major scale pattern to get another scale of interest, then we can modify the pattern and again we get just 3 patterns that we need to remember in order to attain scale playing freedom on the guitar.
Just 3 patterns = any major scale
The below pattern be learned to play any major scale with starting note on the 6th string.
The same pattern in terms of Carnatic Raga Swaras.
When the pattern starts from the 6th string 1st fret, it is an F major scale, the notes of which are shown in the image below.
Shift it up to start playing on the 5th fret of the 6th string and this is how the patten will look like. Compare it with the interval pattern image shown before and we see that they are the same.
But now, the same pattern, just by shifting and starting from a different fret on the same 6th string, gives us the A major scale as shown below, with no additional learning time or effort.
The below pattern be learnt to play major scales starting from any fret on the 5th string. As you may notice, it is the exact same pattern that we used to start playing major scales on the 6th string. No extra learning time or effort spent. Just a little bit of time spent looking at how the pattern is the same will do.
No extra learning time or effort spent. Just a little bit of time spent looking at how the pattern is the same will do.
This is a pattern to play major scales starting from the 4th string frets. Anywhere on the 4th string, you may start the pattern to get a major scale. Which major scale it is is determined by the note on which you start the pattern.
For example, since the below pattern starts on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, the E note, it is an E major scale.
A pattern to play major scales starting from the 3rd string frets. Anywhere on the 3rd string, start the pattern and you get a major scale.
If the pattern starts on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string, like shown below, the result is an A major scale. Instead if from the 5th fret of the 3rd string, it is a C major scale, the 3rd string 5th fret being a C note.
Here is a video explaining the moves of the song Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njanum by Ilayaraja.
Below the video you will find the Guitar Tab, Western Staff Notation and Swaras for the song, with the gamakas included in the notation. Towards the end of the page are the chords (for now, simple chords. I will be uploading a more detailed Jazz worthy version of chords soon).
Raga Kedaram is based on the Raga Shankarabharanam, which uses the same notes as a Major scale. In this example, the C note has been taken as Sa, giving us the notes C D E F G A B C to play with (although Raga Kedaram will not need the A note, the Dha).
The guitar used in the video is a Japanese made Nylon string guitar, the name of which I am unable to find. Yamaha C40 (Amazon.com, Amazon.in) will be a good economical Nylon string guitar if you need one.
Tabs and notation for Sundari Neeyum (Raga Kedaram)
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Swaras for Sundari Neeyum (Ilayaraja, Michael Madan Kamarajan)
Charanam Swaras for Sundari Neeyum (Raga Kedaram)
Below please find the chords for the song in Raga Kedaram using very simple C major scale based chords. Will add a more detailed set of chords soon. Please subscribe for future updates.