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Tip #1 Keep it simple and Make it a habit

Practice 10 minutes. But do it everyday. Don’t overdo on one day and ignore practicing for rest of the week. Learning to sing is like learning to ride a bike. Anybody can do it! And YOU can definitely do it! All it needs is to build the muscle memory, which naturally takes time. It is OK to practice for lesser duration each day, but it is very important to turn it into a regular habit…

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Advice from the heart of the heart-throb!

“There is actually no formula that can make anyone a top singer. Many singers who started to sing much late in life are doing good and making money. Therefore, I believe that for any field, be it music, film or fashion, the right time is when you decide on something and how passionate you are about it.Singing is something in which one needs to put a lot of soul and humility. Arrogance and judging people…

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Sonu Nigam’s tip to beginners

“In order to keep upgrading oneself as a singer, voice exercise or Riyaz is something to never give up. Also, let your family and  friends be your first critiques. Let them give their opinion on your singing as well as give tips on your singing. Always be humble and learn a new thing everyday as there is no limit to learning and what you can achieve with it.” – Sonu Nigam

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Alankar and Palte: Spicing up the swaras

What is Alankar? In Hindustani Classical Music, Alankar or Alankara means ornaments or adornments. Alankara is also referred to as Palta at times. Alankar is integral to the core essence of Hindustani classical music. The earliest reference to the term Alankar can be been found in Bharata’s Natyashastra, which was written sometime between 200 BC and 200 AD. This treatise talks about the 33 types of Alankars. Other musical treatises like Sharangdev’s Sangeet Ratnakar in…

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Why practice swaras?

What are swaras? Hindustani classical music has seven basic notes called swaras. These are Shadja, Rishabha, Gandhara, Madhyama, Panchama, Dhaivata and Nishada. We commonly come across them in their shortened forms as Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, and Ni. Sa is the root/base note and the reference point based on which an octave is defined. Together, they are known as the sargam. The Shadja The Shadja or Sa is the root/base note with respect…

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Pt. Bhimsen Joshi on Sur

“Taal gaya toh baal gaya, lekin sur gaya toh sir gaya” – Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.  It means “Going off beat is like losing your hair, but going off pitch is like losing your head”. Sa is the foundation of the “sur” – your ability to sing notes correctly. You better get it right! 🙂 In fact, pandit ji himself practiced Sa everyday during his riyaz. Strengthen your Sur!

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Student stories

Singing to connect with nature and discover himself

“Music has no language, no words can possibly express my passion for it. It is an ocean, a mode to connect myself with nature and with my soul” Such is the depth of this 27 year old web developer’s passion for singing. Mr. Apurba Shah Gopal is from Narsingdi, a district in central Bangladesh. Being extremely passionate about music, he has invested his 15 youthful years into learning it relentlessly. Having faced several difficulties through his…

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Western classical music courses

Mastering solfège (Part1)

This course comprises of first 43 solfège exercises from A. Dannhäuser, Solfège des Solfèges, Book 1, published by G. Schirmer, Inc. in 1891. All the exercises are in the scale of C major and with a 4/4 time signature. You will be able to practice these exercises and get instantaneous feedback on how well you sing them. Enrol now Following are the course contents Learning intervals Whole, half-notes with rests Quater-notes and rests Eighth-notes and…

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Introduction to Raag Durga

This is an introductory course on Raag Durga in Hindustani music. The course contains video explanations for important concepts in the raag followed by practice sessions for you to repeat, after the guru and internalize the concept. While singing you will receive instant visual feedback so you can correct immediately and improve your performance. Concepts covered: Aroh, Avroh, Pakad, Chalan, Alap and 4 Bandishes in both sargam geet and lyrics. Enrol now Lesson Structure  Introduction…

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