Basics Of Sarod | Hindustani Classical | Know How To Play Sarod

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Abhishek
Last Name
Borkar
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Course Summary

This course will be a strong foundation for aspirants keen in learning to play Hindustani or Indian classical music on a stringed instrument, especially sarod. The foundations of Hindustani classical music laid out in this course will help students to adhere to the needs of learning Indian music in great detail. It will also educate the students enough to be able to practise these learnings on any stringed instrument not restricting their choice of string instrument to sarod.

Lives In

Pune
Maharashtra
India

Course Duration
24 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Google Hangout
Individuals
US$36.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Abhishek
Last Name
Borkar
Number of years of relevant experience
15 Years Experience
From: India
Teacher Skill Keywords
sarod

Course Details

This beginners course teaching Indian classical music on the sarod is a great opportunity for anyone interested to learn the revered Indian style of music on an ancient Indian stringed instrument. The course in its earliest modules will introduce students to the sarod as a musical instrument, sharing information on the development of the instrument, through the years. It will then teach students the technical terms or connotations used in context to the Hindustani style of music such as taal, sur, raag and swar. Further on, it will familiarise students with sarod tuning, saptak or the series of seven notes, as well as the knowledge of writing musical notations. After familiarising the students with concepts and connotations prevalent in relation to Hindustani music, the course will delve into making the student practice singing Teen taal with accompanying hand beats, in same Laya and different Laya.

Students will next learn the seating posture and the way to hold the sarod, how to handle the instrument and the basic techniques of playing the instrument. Students during this time will also learn the hand and finger movements on the sarod. Moving on further into the course, students will be taught the octaves such as mandira and madhyantar. Further on, the students will be taught to practice on the sarod, the seven basic steps of Jhala, Bole, Palta, Slide (Meend), Gamak and  Krintan. Moving on, students will also learn the basics of three rhythms or taals on sarod, namely, Teen taal, Rupak and Ektaal. At the culmination of this course, students will learn how to play Sarod or any other Indian stringed instrument of their choice and to play a minimum of four raagas, such as Yaman raag and Bhairav raga in Rezakhani Gat with Simple Taan and Jhala.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Abhishek Borkar: Improvisation on Sarod | Hindustani Classical

About Abhishek Borkar: Born to Pt. Shekhar Borkar, Abhishek was fortunate to have the legendary sarod player as a doting father and his first teacher. Starting out early under the aegis of his father practising the musical styles of the Maihar Senia Gharana, Abhishek has come a long way. Like his father, Abhishek has been able to carve out a niche for himself getting respect, adulation and innumerable awards in the process. Abhishek apart from his father draws his inspiration from Ustad Allauddin Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pt. Nikhil Banerjee, highly skilled exponents of Hindustani classical music. Having trained equally well in western music, Abhishek is able to perform soothing fusion music combining Indian and western elements. He is a performing member of the band named ‘Brahma Naad’ and has travelled the length and breadth of the country and places abroad as a member as well as a solo artist.

Value Additions

The course is apt for anyone interested to learn Hindustani classical music from a young, versatile and experienced teacher. The course will help create a sound base for you in Hindustani classical music which can be practised on any stringed instrument, not restricted to just sarod. If you are keen on learning the Hindustani classical art form on the sarod, you will get trained and accustomed to physical requirements of playing the sarod such as the posture, the right and left-hand movements and the sliding of fingers on a fretless fingerboard or neck of the sarod. By the culmination of the beginners' course, you will be able to play a minimum of four ragas such as  Yaman raag and Bhairav raga in Rezakhani Gat with Simple Taan and Jhala. You will also gain from practising vocals as it is an essential part of sarod learning.

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 2 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

The course is suited for all those interested in learning to play the Hindustani classical style of music on the sarod. The content of the course has been designed in such a manner that though it uses sarod as the stringed instrument to demonstrate playing of Hindustani classical music, the students undergoing the course can conveniently play the type of music on any stringed instrument of their choice.  The course is taught by a young and versatile artist, Abhishek Borkar, who has a rich lineage in music. Having trained on the sarod from the age of four, Abhishek has accumulated close to two decades of experience standing out as a rare exception of a youngster with immense experience. It is this attribute of his that is best suited for learners of all ages. Monthly assessment to gauge the progress of the student will take place, adhering to the Guru-Shishya tradition of learning.

Prerequites

The very basic requirement of the course needs;

The student to be in possession of a sarod and a plectrum (pick) or a dava.

Students with some knowhow about Hindustani music vocals will be at an advantage.

Students need to strictly adhere to practising the instrument for a minimum of one hour daily to realise progress.

Weekly Schedule

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Tue 12:30 AM - 01:15 AM America/New_York
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Sun 04:00 AM - 04:45 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section C
Fri 12:30 AM - 01:15 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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Section D
Sat 04:30 AM - 05:15 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
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FAQs

Question
Do I need to practice everyday?
Answer
Yes, apart from these online lessons, a regular practice of one hour every day is required.
Question
Will I get any additional resource apart from live training?
Answer
Yes, the teacher will share pdf notes, audio/ video files and links for reference.
Question
What if the student misses a class session?
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.
Question
What if the teacher misses 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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How does a student get assessed through the duration of the course and does he/she get a certificate on completion?
Answer
A monthly assessment will take place. As the teaching process is a traditional guru-shishya form of training, there will be no certificates on completion.
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Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, the lessons in this course can be customized to a certain extent based on the discussion between the teacher and student. In such an instance the course fee and duration may vary or get revised.
Question
Will the training on Sarod help the students play on any instrument by applying the knowledge gained in this course?
Answer
It will help playing on similar instruments, like the guitar. It will certainly make the learning process easier and faster.
Question
What is the right age for someone to join the beginner course?
Answer
There’s no age barrier. But preferably from 7 to 25.
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Will the beginner course train the students enough to present a solo performance on sarod? How long will it take?
Answer
It will take at least 8 months of practice to be able to present a 15 minute solo.
Question
Will the students get trained in basic Hindustani vocals (raags etc) before starting practicing on the sarod?
Answer
Yes, training in vocal music is essential to sarod playing.

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