Benefit from effective Indian style and chord - rhythm Guidance from Shyam


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Raga reethigowla is a derivative raga of Raga Kharaharapriya, which has the same notes as the Dorian scale.

Raga reethigowlai has the same notes as the parent raga Kharaharapriya or the dorian scale, and has no extra notes. But the specific melodic path taken by the raga reethigowlai makes it have its own sound unique and distinct from the parent raga or the scale.

In order to build raga reethigowla from the parent dorian scale, we need to 1) add raga slides and 2) make sure the path of notes while ascending and descending clearly indicate the reethigowla sound.

Song in Raga Reethigowla

In the beginning of this song tutorial I have given detailed arohana and avarohana of the raga reethigowlai.

Have a look to see how the raga reethigowla can be built from the Dorian scale and played on the guitar.

The Dorian scale from the Major scale

Learning scales by comparison lets you make new connections without reinventing from scratch. This kind of pattern based learning also gives you a better understanding by comparison and infering, seeing patterns move, knowing how one differs from the other.

The C major scale has the notes: C D E F G A B C
The D dorian scale has the notes: C D Eb F G A Bb C

As you can see, since the Eb is used instead of the E note, the dorian scale is minor in nature.

It differs from the natural minor because of the A note instead of Ab in the natural minor scale.

Now we need to connect the notes with raga slides and apply melodic rules to get the raga reethigowlai.

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