DESI STYLE MUSIC LESSONS
Desi Style assumes you have no prior knowledge of music or playing the keyboard or harmonium or you play without correct approach. This book will show you:
How to play keyboard in desi style?
Difference between tiver, komal & achal swar
About Thaat Scales
How Raga based film songs are formed?
What is taal rhythm?
How to play music notations?
The book also features about thaat, ragas and raga based songs. All music players should know all of the information contained in this book. The best and fastest way to learn is to use this book in conjunction with: Buying midi music of your favorite songs from the website ragatracks Practicing and playing with other musicians. Learning by listening your favorite Indian Pakistani midi music provided in the Internet and ragatracks. Be practical in the early stages, it is helpful to have the guidance of an experienced teacher. This will also help you keep a schedule and obtain weekly goals.
CORRECT APPROACH TO PRACTICE
From the beginning you should set yourself a goal. Many people learn keyboard or harmonium because of a desire to play old songs of sub-continent. It is important to have a correct approach to practice from beginning. You will benefit more from short practices (15-30 minutes per day) than one or two long sessions per week. Correct approach is learning with the thaat and raga concept in which melodious film songs are being composed. First learn octaves or saptak, names of notes that is achal, komal and tiver notes, and then learn thaat scale and practice few days with thaat sargam. After learning thaat sargam its fingering practice in all three octaves is also necessary. In the beginning try to play songs in a particular thaat and after that listen and learn Ragas and play songs with ragas. Listen and play raga based film songs with notations provided with the book. Do, not try to play raga-based songs in the early stage of your learning. While practice, try to take help from the book repeatedly. I am sure within few weeks you will be able to play your favorite tunes yourself without any help but ragas require additional practice. In the end do not forget to learn taal or rhythm theory along with melody. Gradually you will become master. If you want to become a singalong singer then practice sargam. Sargam lesson book of 80 pages with exercises and diagrams of notes is also available from ragatracks.
USING THE COMPACT DISK
It is recommended that you have a copy of the accompanying compact disk that includes all the ragas and their khyals. Midi music will sound identical to keyboard instruments in your computers if you play it in Yamaha XG Player with windows 98 only. Midi music can also be played with a floppy or in USB equipped keyboards. In the keyboard you will listen real voice of Yamaha XG. Windows XP does not support Yamaha XG Player that produces real voice of midi instruments in your computer. Midi music is a digital music with 16 individual recorded tracks that you can edit or change in your own computer using cubase or cakewalk. You may sing-along with midi music in your computers and record your own compact disk of your favorite songs using suitable computer recording players.
Najib Khan, Ragatracks Production
ABOUT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Harmonium is a keyboard, and so these lessons apply equally to the harmonium as well as to the electronic synthesizer keyboard. The important difference is that you can - and do play the keys with your left hand also; but for harmonium, your left hand is used in pumping the bellow to force air under pressure into the inside of the harmonium. In keyboard our left hand is used for chords. An ordinary keyboard is sufficient to master all the lessons that will follow. If you already have a keyboard, you do not need to buy anything else as of now. For solo performances, you may use a synthesizer keyboard or a harmonium, depending upon your taste, convenience and availability.