Basics Of Flute | Carnatic Classical Basics

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Rajkamal
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Course Summary

This beginner’s long term course 32 weeks will train students in accordance with the ancient method of music training. It will teach them playing the flute and singing with the foundation in Carnatic style of music. Students undergoing this course will learn the basics of Carnatic music in relation to the instrument flute. Students will be able to render a simple song or geetam on the flute, after successfully completing this course.

Course Duration
32 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$24.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
30
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Rajkamal
Last Name
N
Number of years of relevant experience
20 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Flute
International Artist
Study Details
Bachelor of Engineering in Civil
University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Course Details

This is a beginner course for students interested to learn the instrument, flute, adhering to the Carnatic style of music. Students pursuing this course will first learn the Carnatic basics starting from the swara system. They will then learn about the tala system or rhythmic cycles, practising the swaras in particular talas. Students will then start to train on singing the swaras in particular ragas keeping in mind the talas. Students will be taught the different kinds of varishas, first among them will be the sarale varisha meaning a simple combination of notes. Moving on they will practice the datu varisha, meaning the jumping of notes and the janti varisha, meaning, the practising of two notes in different accents. Further, on students will learn the alankara to learn about the structure of tala or rhythm.

This long term course, basics of flute, for 32 weeks apart from making students practice the different varishas and alankaras will also provide students with a brief history of the instrument flute as well as the finger and lip placements on the flute. Students after undergoing rigorous practice will be taught a short duration song or geetam by the culmination of this course. Students can also express their interest to their teacher if inclined to appear for the junior level, Government conducted examination in carnatic music. The teacher will, depending on the student's interest and progress, train them on the syllabus that will enable them to appear for the junior level, Government conducted examination.

About Mr. Rajkamal N: A flautist of repute, Rajkamal started performing on stage from an early age of 10 years. Though highly qualified with a degree in engineering and a postgraduate degree in business administration, Rajkamal’s heart and soul lie with music. He is trained under virtuous teachers such as flautist Vidwan S.A.Sashidhar, renowned vocalist Sangeeta Kalacharya Smt. Neela Ramagopal as well as flute maestro Padmashree Dr. Ramani to hone his skills. He has to his credit many recognitions, a couple of those being awarded the Youth Icon award from the Lions Club, Karnataka Gana Kala Parishad, Best Musician Award. Recognised as one of the bright stars among exponents of Carnatic music, Rajkamal is a regular at acclaimed musical events both in the country and abroad, besides doing television shows, showcasing his class and art.  Though occupied with commitments Rajkamal ensures he allocates enough time to train young aspirants who desire to learn the flute. He teaches students from around the world, the Carnatic style of playing the flute.

Value Additions

You will learn the basics of Carnatic music, learning from the most important foundational aspect of swaras, moving on to learn about playing swaras on the flute based on ragas, adhering to the tala system. By the culmination of this course, you will be able to play a geetam or short song on the flute. Since the course will follow the ancient method of tutoring, you can be sure to have a strong foundation and understanding of Carnatic music and the flute by the end of this course. You can also express your interest and learn from your guru the syllabus for appearing for junior level, government conducted examination, in Carnatic music.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 3 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since long term courses are detailed students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more

Course Specific Benefits

Students undergoing this course create a strong foundation in Carnatic music under the aegis of a well known, practising artist Rajkamal. N. Rajkamal, teaches the students in an ancient method of teaching classical music. This course can be used as a stepping stone for the purpose of pursuing further learning in Carnatic style vocals or Carnatic style wind instrument playing, whichever interests the students, more. By the end of this course, students who have been regularly practising as per the teacher's advice will be able to play a short song or geetam on the flute. They can also, depending on their interest seek guidance from the teacher to appear for the junior level government conducted examination in Carnatic music.

Learning a wind instrument can be beneficial for students having asthma or suffering from a breathing ailment. As the teacher of this course states, a few students training with him has been able to control their asthma and breathing condition practising the wind instrument. In simple terms wind instruments help to enlarge the lungs and store larger amounts of oxygen, thus enabling individuals suffering from asthma or any other breathing ailment breathe normally.

Prerequites

Students enrolling for this course should have a strong desire to pursue the course, without any absences. If he or she has any basic knowledge about the music then it will be helpful in learning the music; and

A carnatic style, eight hole, bamboo flute (The teacher will personally help students residing in Bangalore to get a good quality eight hole carnatic style, bamboo flute. Outstation students looking to purchase a bamboo flute can request for guidance from the teacher before making their purchase.)

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FAQs

Question
Can students of any age enroll for this course?
Answer
Students enrolling for this course have to be a minimum six years and above. Women too can enroll for this course.
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How much should a student practice everyday?
Answer
A minimum of 30 - 45 minutes of practice is required daily, increasing it as they progress in the course.
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Can students suffering with asthma or any other form of breathing ailment take up this course?
Answer
Wind instruments are good for asthma patients or for individuals with any other breathing ailment as practicing the wind instrument, the intake of oxygen increases drastically. Such students have to ensure they practice daily.
Question
What kind of students are difficult to be taught?
Answer
Students who regularly miss classes and do not practice are tough to be taught.
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What if the teacher wants to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
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What if the student cannot attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What extra course material do students receive from the teacher?
Answer
Students will receive notes related to all that is being taught in the class.
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Would the teacher be assessing students to evaluate them? Would students be getting a certificate after the completion of this course?
Answer
Yes, students will be assessed to see if they are following the things being taught to them. They will not receive a certificate, but interested students under the guidance of the teacher study the syllabus, that will enable them to sit for a government conducted music efficiency examination for Grade 1.
Question
Can the course be customized for the student?
Answer
This course can be customized for students only in relation to a student requesting to be guided for appearing in the Grade level 1, government conducted junior level examination or the senior level course examination.
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Will the training provided by the teacher in vocals or singing be good enough for the student to pursue vocals in the next level?
Answer
Both Carnatic music on instrument and vocals can be learnt in parallel.
Question
Can someone with prior learning in hindustani classical join your class? Will it be of advantage?
Answer
Students with prior knowledge in hindustani classical music will have to learn Carnatic music from the beginning as the approaches in the two styles of music are different.

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