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Yamma Yamma


Yamma Yamma Sargam notations
Singer : R D Burman, Mohd Rafi
lyrics : Anand Bakshi
Music : R D Burman
Movie : Shaan (1980)

If you wish to know what is ‘music arrangement’ in a song, then take this song as a reference.  Brilliant composition by RD, as usual!  I wrote down the Sargam notations for this song in just 15 minutes flat! But that was only the vocal part.  When next day, I sat down to write the prelude and interlude parts of this song, believe me it took me 6 hours to do so.  The prelude part is over a minute long.  Although I have tried my best to include all parts of this song, but if you find a note or two missing, please pardon me.

yamma yamma sargam notes

I produced the notes by playing this song on my F# flute.  Re, Ga and Da swars for this song on this scale are all Komal (Flat notes).  So, here it is.  Just first listen to this song for a couple of times and then try out the following sargam notations.  Hope you’ll enjoy!  Good luck.

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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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