The Structure of the Flute. Unlike the Western flutes that you see in today’s bands and orchestras, the Carnatic flute is made of bamboo entirely. How to read notations in Carnatic music Labels: Carnatic Music Theory, Lessons There are 72 parent scales in Carnatic are. Online Flute Classes under the guidance of Mr. Sriharsha Ramkumar could be a one stop solution Learn Basics of South Indian Carnatic Flute – Step by Step.

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Ever since I picked up a indian bamboo flute some times called light-music flute or bhansuri when I was a kid, I fell in love with it. I dreamed of becoming accomplished player, but I never could spend enough time and effort to become one! Now as a grown up, still have love for indian flute.

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I have a decent rhythmic sense; but have difficult time to guess the scale or individual notes of a song. My goal is to be able to play indian film songs on flute.

As most of indian film music has traditional roots like hindustani or carnatic I thought it might be helpful to go back to fundamentals and learn some music theory and practice music lessons. I do not know much about hindustani, but have some knowledge on Carnatic music.

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Carnatic music has a well defined structure for students to practice and learn the basic music theory, rhythmic patterns along with structured exercises. The ideal way to learn Carnatic music is to have a Guru, who can teach the nuances of gamaka and set the student on right path.

If you are like me, having a Guru may not be an option. Also my goal is not to become a carnatic flutist flautistbut rather improve my ability to identify scale and notation of the indian film music songs, and play them on flute.

Carnatic music practice on six hole bamboo flute (bansuri)

There is wealth of knowledge on internet about Carnatic music. There are many introductory lessons on youtube. I will try to link relevant videos and web pages as we go. My first confusion Carnatic flute vs Bhansuri The flute I play has six fingering holes, but Carnatic flute has eight fingering holes.

Now I have to make a decision. I do not want to learn to play 8 hole Carnatic flute, so I decided to practice Carnatic music lessons on 6 hole flure. If you are a traditional Carnatic flute player, and your goal is to become a pro Carnatic flutist, you should practice on 8 holes Carnatic flute. I do not know why Carnatic flute has 8 holes as the same notes can be played on 6 hole flute? If you know the answer, please leave a comment.


It gets complicated as this requires different scale flutes to match the octave! I believe typically a flute can play 2 octaves may be little more.

Carnatic music practice on six hole bamboo flute (bansuri) – carnatic school

Once I explore more on these I will post my findings. Here is a nice basixs on: Carnatic and Hisdustani flute differences. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via bawics.

June 14, June 14, Here is the differences of fingering between Carnatic and Hindustani flutes: One of my friend suggested that Hindustani flute uses 3 finger Sa as shown below: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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