Basics of Indian Slide Guitar | Hindustani Classical | Level I

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Rhitom
Last Name
Sarkar
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Course Summary

This beginners long term course in hindustani classical music trains students on basic ragas and thaats. The course will also teach students the elementary details of vadi, samvadi and nash swara of raags. Students undergoing training in this course will get detailed learning about raag and 10 thaats that will enable them to play the sliding guitar or Mohan Veena, rendering the different ragas they learn through the duration of the course.

Lives In

Kolkata
West Bengal
India

Course Duration
48 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$18.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Rhitom
Last Name
Sarkar
Number of years of relevant experience
25 Years Experience
From: India
Teacher Skill Keywords
guitar
Mohan Veena
Slide Guitar

Course Details

This course is a long term course for students wishing to learn the sliding guitar or Mohan Veena. Students enrolling for this course start by learning the 10 Thaats or musical scale based ragas. Thāat is a mode in northern Indian or Hindustani music. Thāats always have seven different pitches, called swara and are a basis for the organization and classification of ragas in North Indian classical music. The course will simultaneously train students on the finger technique to use on the Indian slide guitar. Further on in the course the students will be taught vadi, samvadi and nash swara of the basic raga, bandish and the taal system. Students will be supervised to practice five basic ragas like Yaman, Raag Bhupali, Raag Kirwani, Raag Todi and Maru Bihag. This course apart from teaching students about different ragas, talas and bandish will also touch on topics like loop, phrases, bandish in different rhythmic cycle, taan and bistaar with the bandish. It would also train students on Vilambit, Madhyalaya & drut composition in five different basic raga.

If the student wishes to learn more insights on basics of Indian slide guitar, also known as Mohan Veena, here is another course tailored by Rhitom Sarkar: Basics Of Indian Slide Guitar | Hindustani Classical | Indian Classical Guitar Lessons

About Rhitom Sarkar: Rhythm is a companion for Rhitom, whose very name rhymes with ‘rhythm’. He started learning the guitar at the age of nine, under the guidance of Pt. Debashish Bhattacharya, continuing for ten long years. After a brief stint under the guidance of Mr. Debotosh Dey, a guitarist playing for the All India Radio, Rhitom joined another stalwart Pt. Shyamalal Chatterjee, a sitar exponent to satiate his desire for music and learning. He went on further to educate himself on hindustani music by training under tabla maestros, Shubhankar Banerjee and Pt. Samar Saha. He continued his learning odyssey training under Pt. Ajoy Chakroborty (Vocal), Pt. Budhadeb Dasgupta (Sarod). His inclination to master the revered music forms of both the east and west saw him receive taleem in incorporating Classical Music in Spanish (Western) Guitar under the guidance of music composer-director Sri Madhu Mukherjee. The amount of training Rhitom received is in itself proof of the dedication the young man has had to master music, and so he has. Rhitom has through his career cut through multiple albums and won accolades and awards in the dozens such as the "SUR-O-MANI" Award from Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai, "A Grade" Artist from AIR, prestiguous "Trisaptika Kala Ratna Award" and "Sangeet Yuva Ratna Award" from Art and Cultural Trust of India. He was also awarded Senior Scholarship under the Government of India, Ministy of Culture and State Scholarship of Rajya Sangeet Academy. He is an empanelled artist by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC). He now spends his time training students from across the globe, sharing from the immense stockpile of knowledge he has acquired from his revered gurus. 

 

Value Additions

This course will help you build a strong foundation of basics in hindustani classical music. You will be able to identify the different alankaras, ragas, get trained on bandish in different rhythmic cycles. The course will also educate you on taan, a virtuoso technique used in the vocal performance of a raga with the bandish. It will also train you to vary the speed of tempo of the ragas by enabling you to practice vilambit, madhyalaya & drut compositions in five different ragas. This course provides for a firm base to build on for all those interested to add to their knowledge about playing the instrument with further training. 

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. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. 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

This long term course enables the strengthening of knowledge about hindustani classical music that forms the base for playing the instrument Mohan Veena. The course not only helps you learn the techniques to play the hindustani sliding guitar, it also improves your understanding of hindustani classical music in terms of tempo, rhythm, playing in sync with accompanying instruments and other intricate details about the instrument and the hindustani classical music form.

Prerequites

The student requires to have;

Either an acoustic guitar of six strings or a sliding guitar with the same number of strings

Two picks, one thumb pick, steel bar

Metronome and a tuner

Students with some knowledge on music might be at an advantage.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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Wed 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM America/New_York
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Sat 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM America/New_York
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Sun 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM America/New_York
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Mon 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM America/New_York
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Mon 09:30 AM - 10:15 AM America/New_York
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Tue 04:30 AM - 05:15 AM America/New_York
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Mon 09:30 PM - 10:15 PM America/New_York
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Wed 08:30 PM - 09:15 PM America/New_York
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FAQs

Question
Is it mandatory to have a sliding guitar for this course?
Answer
No, students can make use of a six string acoustic guitar as well, for this course.
Question
How much time should a student practice every day?
Answer
Students need to practice for a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes every day.
Question
What additional resources does the student get apart from the live sessions?
Answer
Students will be provided with video and audio links as well as PDF’s on request, depending on the class and its requirement.
Question
What if the teacher wishes 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 is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, 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.

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