Violin Basics for Beginners | Hindustani Classical | Level 1

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This course, violin basics for beginners, is aimed at introducing students to the stringed instrument, violin and playing it in hindustani classical style. This course will give students a brief about the violin coming to India and its prominence as an accompanying instrument. Students through this course will learn about the different parts of the violin like the bow, strings, pegs etc. They will then be taught the posture and the holding of the violin, alongside the understanding about the placement of fingers.

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38 Years Experience
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Basics of Violin
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This Long term course is designed for students interested to learn to play Hindustani style of music on the string instrument, violin. At the commencement of the course, students will get a brief about the violin and its arrival in India. Information on the violin used as an accompanying instrument will also be shared on request of students. Moving forward in the course students will learn about the different parts in a violin, like a fretboard or neck, strings, the bow, pegs etc. Further on students will be taught the right posture when sitting down with a violin. The different styles of holding the bow and the placement of fingers on the fretboard. Students will also learn about tuning the violin. Next up students will get introduced to playing the violin. They will first be taught the crucial seven notes sa, re, ga, ma, pa, dha, ni. Students will be made to practice the seven notes before moving on to exercises that will make them play the notes in ascending and descending order. Further ahead, students will be taught raga bilawal. Indian ragas are played or are categorised as per the time of the day they can be practised. Raga bilawal is a morning raga exhibiting immense devotion. Students will learn to practice raga bilawal in different formats such as sargam or playing of the different notes adhering to the rules applicable when playing raga bilawal. Students will also learn alankars or foundational exercises for beginners as they are easy to grasp and play. Students will through the period of this course sharpen their playing skills through sargam and alankaras practiced in raga bilawal.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Johar Ali: Violin Basics for Beginners | Hindustani Classical | Level 2

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 being 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 ji’s well-known accomplishments include 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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This course is for you, if you wish to begin learning the stringed instrument violin. This is a basics course that will move bottom up, educating about the parts of the violin, the sitting posture to play the violin, finger placements and holding the bow. After teaching you the physical modalities about playing the violin the course will then introduce you to the very basics of Hindustani classical music introducing you to the foundational lessons called alankaras. It will also teach you raga bilawal and improve your efficiency in playing the mentioned raga in sargam and alankara form. This course will set you on your journey to learn the famed instrument violin in Hindustani classical style.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this Long term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Long term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of a Long term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students an understanding of the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The persistent support from teachers enables the student to accomplish and achieve the desired result or outcome within the given time frame. The class strength for Long term courses is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This short term course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advanced level of learning.

Course Specific Benefits

This course is perfect for students looking to start from the very basics. A major bonus factor of this course is that it is being conducted by Johar Ali, grandson of Ustal Ali Baksh who is credited with giving birth to the patiala gharana of music. 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 in-depth knowledge about the Hindustani style of music to help students create a strong foundation.


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Fri 01:45 AM - 02:45 AM America/New_York
Tue 01:45 AM - 02:45 AM America/New_York
Thu 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM America/New_York
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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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