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AN INSTRUMENT OF HARMONY SOUNDS
Harmonium is a very important instrument in Hindustani Classical music. As its name refers, Harmonium is an instrument of harmony sounds. We could call it – a miniature form of the Piano with some differences. As we all know very well, this is an adopted (not native) instrument in Hindustani classical music. It originated in Europe and was brought to India, sometime in the late 18th century, by British Missionaries, to accompany them in their religious services.
The early form of Harmonium had foot pedals for pumping the bellows. But Indian musicians were more comfortable playing, sitting on the ground. With the time and requirements, the instrument has been evolved in Indianised form, such as the disappearance of the pedals and instead, a hand pumped bellows was attached to it. This was the beginning of the Indian version of the Harmonium.
Basic Structure of the Instrument
The Indian Harmonium suits the Hindustani Classical system very well, as there are no chords in Indian music; there was no need of using both hands on the keys. Hence, one hand is kept free for the bellows and the other to play the keys.
The Harmonium instrument has 42 different keys, three sets of octaves consisting of both the white & black keys. Any white key or black key of the middle octave is considered as the first note of Sargam and one can play a complete composition on it.
The Harmonium learning process is the same as its western parents did, such as the Piano. But the benefit of playing Indian music on the Harmonium is that, when taking a black key as the 1st note Sa of the Shuddha Swaras, Tivra Stoaras and Komal Swaras are played on the ‘white keys. And when Shuddha Swaras Sa is played on a white key then Komal Swaras and Tivra Swaras are played on the black keys. As far as tones and Semitones patterns, the tones are natural and Semitones are flats and sharps.
Learning to play Harmonium course detail is a step by step directional studying process that begins with understanding the instrument to learning fingering position on instruments, learning the scale and octaves. It also includes the explanation of Hindustani classical music notation. Also, you will learn to read and interpret the notation and begin to play your favorite songs on Harmonium.
Course Modules – The Complete Course is divided into four Modules –
- Module- I – INTRODUCTION
- Different Types of Harmonium
- Understanding Different Parts of Harmonium
- Parts of Harmonium
- Module – II – LEARNING THE INSTRUMENT
- Sitting Position on Harmonium
- Identification of Keyboard
- Movements of Fingers
- Use of Bellow
- Production of Basic Notes (swaras)
- Basic Exercise
- Suggestions to the Beginners
- Module – III – UNDERSTANDING MUSIC ON HARMONIUM
- The Evolution of ‘Swaras’ (Notes) In Indian Music
- Brief Outlines on Indian Music Theory
- Taal & Lay (Time & Rhythm)
- Lay (Rhythm or Speed)
- Indian Music Notation System
- Western Notation System
- Points to Remember for Combined Notation System
- Combined Notation System
- Boles of Famous Thekas
- Indian Music Notation on Harmonium
- Module – IV – Exercises
- Natural Scale Exercise
- Sharp Note
- Half Tone Note Exercise
- Exercises on Ragas
- – Raga Bhairavi
- – Raga Yaman Kalyan
- – Raga Bhoopali
- – Raga Bageshwari
- Exercises on Hindi Film Songs
How to enroll for the Classes
The Harmonium learning course is a certificate level course program. Simply, you can enroll for the class by filling the enrollment form. Also, you can book the Harmonium Online Classes by contacting Mr. Harvardhan Joshi Ji at given contact details. The fee can be paid through NEFT, RuPay, Bank Cheque, Demand draft, cash deposit at office / Bank at the given bank account number.