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Alankars (Set #13)

Alankars.  Practice the following Alankars daily to become proficient in moving your fingers on flute.


. = lower octave

‘ = higher octave

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    1. A dot (.) before a note means that the note has to be played at one octave lower than normal. In other words, you have to blow a little softer into your flute than normal to play a lower octave. Similarly, an apostrophe (‘) after a note means that the note has to be played at one octave higher, which you can achieve by blowing a little sharper into your flute.

    2. use your tongue to block the lips for a moment while continuing the blow. this will cause a break and you will get as many of the same note at the same time. or you may use another technique where momentary touch may be done on the lower note which also breaks the note

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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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