Flute - An Introduction

The flute or bansuri stands for bans(bamboo) & suri(melody) in sanskrit. In this course Pandit Rupak Kulkarni who is the student of India's most renowned flutist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, introduces us to the fundamental features and techniques of the flute. He has mastered his art from the Maihar Gharana and has brought the flute into the mainstream of Hindustani classical music.

Instructor: Rupak Kulkarni

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4 weeks

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 600

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English

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Unit 1: Basic Introduction

History & Artist Profile 9 min

Starting out as a folk instrument, today the flute's significance has risen to be an important accompaniment in classical music, There are two varieties of the bansuri, the transverse is generally preferred for it's variations and control. Pandit Rupak Kulkarni is a child prodigy who has been performing worldwide from a young age and has taken the relevance of the bansuri to new heights since it's inception in the Puranic era.
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Basics 10 min

One of the easiest instruments to manufacture, the bansuri or flute has been a part of many cultures worldwide. The Indian version used extensively consists one hole which is the mouthpiece and 6 other holes to position the fingers so as to produce the swar. Various sizes of bansuri are available and depending upon your proficiency,you can use any of them.
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Unit 2: Flute Techniques

Sitting & Finger Placement 4 min

Steadiness is of utmost importance while playing the bansuri, hence the sahajasana is recommended for a solid foundation. The finger positioning can be varied depending upon the musician's comfort but the index, middle and ring fingers are primarily used while playing the instrument.
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Pitch Variation 7 min

As in most musical instruments one should ideally start with a C musical scale flute and then progress onto other major scales. In concerts and in the presentation of this course, an E note bansuri is played as it lends higher bass and octave notes. The pitch differs depending on the it's size. hence longer the flute, more is the bass.
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Notes & Blowing technique 11 min

Being a woodwind instrument it is imperative that the musician develops sufficeint lung power to play. In order to have the right technique, one should blow from the abdomen up towards the chest to extract the optimal sound. The blowing should be towards the periphery of the mouthpiece and the pressure applied should be minimal, with experience you can find your range.  
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Unit 3: Flute Techniques - II

Half Notes 5 min

Half notes are produced by covering half of the hole by your fingers. It has half the duration of a whole note. The komal swara whose pitch is at a level lower than the shuddha swara is played via this technique.
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Notes & Exercises 32 min

Meend is the siding technqiue used to move from one swar to another by moving the fingers subtly across the holes. Shudha, komal and teevra swaras are also covered in detail in this chapter. The sequence of these 12 swars is Sa   Re(k)   Re   Ga(k)   Ga   Ma   Ma(t)   Pa   Dha(k)   Dha   NI(k)   Ni   SA where the t &k stand for teevra and komal. Alankaras are also discussed as they essentially help to embellish or enhance the music being performed.
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Concert Pattern 13 min

To complete this beginner's course, Panditji here performs Raga Yaman. Also known as Raga Kalyani in carnatic music it is a sampurna or heptatonic raga. It's ascending Aaroha scale and the descending style avroha includes all seven notes in the swaras. The raga has all shuddha swaras except for the teevra Ma.
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