Violin Basics for Beginners | Hindustani Classical | Level 2

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This long term course looks to be build upon what has been taught by the teacher in basics module. Students enrolling for this course will get to practice exercises based on different ragas. Further on, students will get introduced to the tala system. Students part of this course also get to learn the different style in which the violin can be played. The later stage of this course will introduce students to basic aalap or the opening section of a north indian hindustani classical music performance and improvisations. 

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38 Years Experience
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Basics of Violin
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This long term course extends the learning students gained in the basics violin course, learning hindustani style of music. This course introduces students to the important element in hindustani classical music called tala or rhythmic cycle of beats. Students pursuing this course will get to learn multiple ragas and their relation to the different times during the day. Raga bhairav which is performed at the end of a concert is associated with the morning. Similarly, raga bhairavi is also associated with the morning or is expected to be rendered anytime in the morning. Students learn about raga bhopali which is a pentatonic raga meaning raga that has five notes and is practiced as five notes ascending and five notes descending. Raga bhopali is also referred to as raga bhoop or bhupali. Most of the compositions in this raga are devotional compositions. Further on students get introduced to raga kirwani which is more suited for instrumental play. Next up students  get to learn another raga called raga durga. Raga durga like bhopali is a pentatonic raga and is practiced as five notes played in the ascending order and five notes played in the descending order. Moving ahead in the course students will get to learn alap on their instrument. Alap, is improvisation based and is performed as an introduction or prelude to a raga. Since alap provides scope for improvisations, students get to practice these improvisations. There are different techniques of improvisation such as jor which is practicing a steady beat in the instrument, followed by jhala, which is a beat played with an increased tempo. Students through the period of this course get to learn different techniques of playing the violin in order to get them more accustomed to the instrument. Learning different techniques will prepare students to play complex compositions in the future.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the different parts of the violin like the bow, strings, pegs etc. And the holding of the violin, posture, alongside the understanding about the placement of fingers, Here is another course tailored  by Johar Ali: Violin Basics for Beginners | Hindustani Classical | Level 1

About Mr. Johar Ali: Mr. Johar Ali can easily be termed a thoroughbred in music. His rich lineage, starting from his grandfather Ustad Ali Baksh, considered to be the creator of the patiala gharana of music, leading to his father Ustad Gohar Ali Khan from Raipur considered to be one of the finest exponents of the violin. It is but natural that Johar Ali was destined for fame. Being the eldest among four siblings all of whom are musicians, Johar’s instrument of choice was his father’s favourite, the violin. Getting trained from his father ensured Johar would eat, drink and sleep music. That he did, to become one of the renowned violinists in present day India. Johar’s accolades have come by the dozen and lining out all would take hours. As a matter of distinction some of Johar’s well known accomplishments includes performing at the SAARC summit in Bangladesh and Nepal. He also performed at the 60 year celebration for UNESCO in Paris. He composed the music for South Pacific Games held in New Delhi. Apart from performing extensively in India, Johar has travelled the world showcasing his genius with the violin. 

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You will further improve your skills playing the violin. Your understanding of hindustani classical music will get stronger learning the different ragas taught in this course. You also get introduced to tala, an important component of hindustani classical music. Learning tala will help you perform adhering to the rhythmic structure. All music renditions are adhered to a tala or rhythmic structure of beats. You will also learn techniques for improvisations enabling you to play styles of 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 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. 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 course takes students deeper into understanding hindustani classical music. They add to their repertoire of ragas by learning four new ragas. Getting introduced to tala students learn to play as per a rhythmic structure. Having a rich lineage in music Johar Ali is sure to share some tips and tricks that will help you play better besides sharing his indepth knowledge about the hindustani style of music to help students create a strong foundation to delve deeper into hindustani classical music.


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How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Students should invest a minimum of one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening for practice.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
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.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
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.
How long will the teacher take to respond to a query raised after class hours?
Students should get a response within 24 hours, if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.
Does the teacher for this course have specific expectations from the student?
Students should practice diligently all that is taught in the class.
Would there be an assessment to gauge the progress of students?
Yes, there will be assessments to gauge the progress made by the student.

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