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Most of the courses begin with understanding the history of Konnakol and its connection with the mridangam instrument. Students will then be introduced to the art form and its respective meaning of it. Several different syllables that will be combined to form words and sentences will be taught to students. In addition to it, several rhythmic cycles will be made familiar to the students. Moving on, certain different hand movements that accompany the vocal recital of syllables will also be covered. The next topic is teaching Jathi which is the recitation of a string of vocal syllables. Following this students will be educated on basic lessons such as basic solfege, Paluvarasas, Mohras, Korvai, and Nades. Students in the intermediate course will learn two basic talas: Adi tala and Rupak tala. Traditional compositions based on these talas will also be taught to improve their vocal percussion skills.
Konnakol is a type of vocal percussion in Carnatic or South Indian classical music. It has been adopted by various western musicians for the purpose of aiding their improvisation techniques. For beginners, students need to learn the five basic rhythm words which are: Da, Taka, Takita, Taka Dimi, and Da Di Gi Na Dum. You can be a better well-rounded musician and will gain a fresher perspective on rhythm if you learn Konnakol. There are several free online resources to learn Konnakol, but for a customized learning plan, you'll need to learn directly from a teacher. Especially if you learn from a percussionist with decades of experience, your core knowledge of rhythm will get even strengthened. Several mridangam and ghatam players offer konnakol lessons. Being a creative hobby, Konnakol can be learned in an authentic manner only when you learn directly from a teacher. Either online or in person.
ipassio has some of the most renowned Konnakol artists in the world offering classes to students. Some of them are famous globally for using the Fibonacci sequence in Konnakol. Our Konnakol teachers have been practicing Konnakol for decades and their knowledge of rhythm systems is unparalleled. Getting mentored under them will bolster your career and will cut down on your learning curve. Students get access to these lessons from the comfort of their homes via online video conferencing tools. Several students learn Konnakol to amplify their Carnatic music knowledge as well as to play instruments better. Several vocal artists also learn Konnakol to understand the rhythmic systems much better. If you also wish to make fusion music, Konnakol can be a stepping stone to understanding the Indian classical music system.
Konnakol is a traditional voice percussion skill with a long learning curve. As cited in lisayoungmusic.com - according to M. Ravichandhira, an eminent practitioner of Kannakol - it takes 5 years to attain proficiency if the student is based out of India in a traditional setup. For students who are based out of India, in a non-traditional set up it may take up to 10 years.
No, it is entirely vocal.
Knowing any other percussion instrument - particularly Mridangam would be helpful. But it is not necessary.
The duration of the online individual classes is for one hour.
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