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Art and Science of Singing Voice
Posted on 25/10/2015

Role of Lips, Teeth and Throat while Singing.

Certainly, for us to sing better, we not only need to know how to protect our voice we also need to understand the various common singing problems or habits that we may have, as well as how to avoid them

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Simhananda – The longest Thalam in the World
Posted on 23/10/2015

Simhanandana is the longest talam in world music. It has 18 angas, 128 kriyas(or beats) and 512 aksharas. The talam, apart from commonly used angas Laghu and Drutha, also contains the rarely used angas Guru, Plutha and Kaakapaada.

On comaprision, 1 a

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Varnams – The Pillars of Abhyasa Ganams
Posted on 23/10/2015

Varnams are scholarly compositions belonging to Abhyasa-Ganam Category. They are like the pillars amongst Abhyasa Ganas.

In learning music, Varnams are the foundations of Ragams and Gamakams. Students should learn Varnams very carefully and thoroughl

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Mythological origin of the swara
Posted on 25/10/2015
Mythological origin of the swara

There is a fascinating mythological tale about the origin of the swaras, as follows:

It is believed that Lord Shiva once addressed a celestial congregation, for the welfare of mankind. While the subject of His addres

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Importance of Varnams
Posted on 23/10/2015

This article is again about the topic Varnams which is a a continuation of my previous article, Varnams – The Pillars of Abhyasa Ganams.Though Varnams belong to Abhyasa Ganam category, due to their high standards, they are suitable to be performed in the c

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WHY SHOULD YOU SING VARISHAIS
Posted on 23/10/2015

The great composer Purandara Dasa, hailed as the Father of Carnatic music, created a set of fundamental exercises nearly 500 years ago, which are followed even today. There are 4 main types of varishais. They are Sarali Varishais, Jantai Varisais, Melsthayi Varishais and Dhattu Varishais.

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A to Z Singing Tips
Posted on 23/10/2015

A simple article found on singing tips by Vocal Coach Yvonne DeBandi reproduced below:

A = Airflow.

Never hold your breath while singing. The airflow is what creates and carries your vocal tone, so keep

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Tips to Develop Your Singing Voice
Posted on 23/10/2015

This is a continuation of what I wrote a few months back as to How to Develop the Singing Voice ? I would like to say that I am not a Voice Guru. Whatever I pen here is my own way of experimenting to improve the quality of my voice. But i can assure you that these simple techniques works

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Basic principles of Singing
Posted on 23/10/2015

1.Sing with an open throat. Never mermer or whisper music.
2.Try to give as much kaarvai or elongation as possible.
3.Keep your mind set on the sruthi/tambura and try to place all the anuswarams also on the sruthi. It is not enough to blend your voice with Shadjham or Panchamam o

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Beginners Lesson 3 - DaaTu varisai
Posted on 11/10/2014

Beginners' Lesson 3 - DaaTu varisai

DaaTu varisai are sequences in which the notes "jump" up and down. These exercises help you hit notes no matter what their sequence. These zigzag sequences are more difficult but can be learned with practice. When you have command over them, learn to sing the notes in four spee

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Beginners Lesson 2 - JanTai varisai
Posted on 11/10/2014
Beginners' Lesson 2 - JanTai varisai

JanTai varisai are the second lessons, which involve double and triples of a single swara. These should be sung with force and emphasis from the first note to the second: sa sa ri ri ga ga etc.... The use of one plain note followed by a forceful one is a type of gamaka called spur

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Beginners Lesson 1 - Sarali varisai
Posted on 03/10/2014

Sarali varisai are the fundamental sequences. They allow you to get a feel for the melody and the rhythm. The sequences follow a logical order - ascending and descending, up to the 7th varisai. The last 3 exercises help you move smoothly up and down the scale. Concentrate on getting the notes right, then add taaLa. Then, l

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