The Carnatic Music Reader Series introduces a
systematic study of Carnatic Music with the
help of Western Staff Notation. The series has
been designed with the beginner student in
mind so that the he can learn to play the
lessons on western instruments like guitar, piano,
saxophone,violin etc. with little effort.
The first part of the series starts with a quick course on
Western Staff Notation and proceeds with the fundamental
sequences of exercises in Carnatic Music for beginners.
All the exercises are graphically presented
in Western Staff Notation, letter Notation and also the
conventional Carnatic Letter Notation. All the
fundamental sequences Sarali Varisai, Janta Varisai,
Dhattu Varisai, Sthayi Varisai, Alanbaram,
Gieetham, Labshana Gieetham, Jathiswaram
and Swarajathi are covered in the first series.
Lakhs of compositions - Thousands of Ragas - Hundreds of exercises - that is our Carnatic Music which is very rich in its resources. Carnatic Music is one of oldest form of the Classical Music Systems in the world. Over the centuries, it has been developed as the finest art form by the great masters of Carnatic Music. Though all the works have been documented and there arc many books that cover the various aspects of Carnatic Music, most of them are in “Letter or Script Notation System.”
Indian Carnatic Music in a recognizable universal format will make our Music works comprehensible by a large majority of Western and Indian Musicians who are familiar with Staff Notation System only.
The primary motivation in writing this book was to put together the basic exercises in the universal Western Staff Notation System which is a great tool for disseminating Musical information.
Western Staff Notation System is easy to learn, more graphical and gives a complete picture of the Music Score.
Thanks to Shri .M Easwaran of CBII Publications in showing interest in this project and publishing this Series.
I would like to thank to my family members and all friends who had been very appreciative of this endeavour.
The Sound Of Music
How do we define Music? Any sound which is pleasant to hear
can be Music to ears. Well, this will depend upon person to person, as
what is pleasant to one may not be so for the other. A more technical
definition for Music is "The organization of sounds with some degree
of rhythm, melody and harmony"
Out of the many forms of Classical Music in the World, Indian
Carnatic Music is one of the oldest systems. Indian Music had its
origins in Vedas. The South Indian Music System had its origins from
the Ancient Sangam Period.
Perfection of a systematic approach to train students of Carnatic
Music was done by Purandara Dasa during the 16th Century.
Purandara Dasa, sometimes called the father of Carnatic Music,
not only composed thousands of Krithis, but also created a set of repe-
titious practice exercises called "Swaravali", "Alankaras",
"Geethams" etc which over time has become the standard lessons for
the beginners in Carnatic Music.
These exercises are in existence for the last many centuries and
are the proven tools for any beginner.
Though there are umpteen numbers of books which give these
exercises, there is a void when it comes to catering to the need of a
student who is interested in practicing these exercises on a Musical
instrument. The objective of this book is to fill this void and give the
student a complete graphical interface for practicing these exercises on
a musical instrument.
This book is obviously not meant for the experts. Effort has
been taken to make the book simple to comprehend and therefore
complex technical terms have been avoided, as much as possible.
The only prerequisite for reading this book is "Interest" to learn
How to use this book?
First, one will have to get familiar with the abbreviations used in
this book. The list is given in the beginning of the book. Abbrevia-
tions are designed in such a way that it is quicker to grasp, easier to
understand and less confusing.
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