Monday, January 12, 2015

The Major Scale

The Major scale is the most popular scale in music which is common in every form of music, all around the world.
Some of the popular names for this scale include
1)      C Major
2)      Ionian Mode
3)     Shankarabharanam
4)     Bilawal Thaat

Though both western and Indian Classical music are greatly different, there are several aspects that join them together and establish the eternal bond between mankind. That is the power of music.

Speciality of this cool and wonderful scale:
1)      Easy:
 The major scale is extremely easy and even an infant can play the scale on a keyboard. Children can easily associate with the ascending rise of frequencies in the sound. It thus becomes very easy to understand and adapt the basics of music using this scale.

2)      Simple to understand :
As discussed earlier, this scale is devoid of any zigzag patterns and too many oscillations (though can be used in improvisations)
3)     Scope of improvisation:
This is probably one of the best features of this scale.  Metal Guitarists, Rappers, EDM producers, Classical players can all improvise in this scale.

This is the most elementary scale, thus without even having a basic training or understanding in music, people can begin experimenting and playing with music. All this is possible due to the structure of this scale which allows complete freedom with regards to improvisation.
4)     Depth:
It is soothing, sweet and very deep in nature. Several thousand compositions and probably millions of them are in the major scale irrespective of country or language.

5)     Stepping stone:
This scale is the stepping stone or the very basic foundation of music students all over the world.
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AROHANA
S
R1
G3
M1
P
D2
N3
S
AVAROHANA
S
N3
D2
P
M1
G3
R1
S
ASCENDING
C
D
E
F
G
A
B
C
DESCENDING
C
B
A
G
F
E
D
C
AROH
SA
RE
GA
MA
PA
DHA
NI
SA
AVROH
SA
NI
DHA
PA
MA
GA
RE
SA
EUROPEAN
Do
Re
Mi
Fa
So
La
Si
Do
EUROPEAN
Do
Si
LA
So
Fa
Mi
Re
Do

The major scale is enjoyed by guitarists all over the world, violinists, flautists, pianists and all the instrumentalists. This is because of the free flowing nature. Any note can be embellished and played upon. The joy of fidgeting with any note, and oscillating between the current and the previous note, the current and the next note...sliding, shredding, vibratos, ornamentations ...Wow....
Words fall short. Complete Freedom and Liberty is what the Major Scale offers. It is not only crispy and sweet, but also vast and meaningful.  Having said all this, this scale is also infinite in nature.
There is no end to the compositions that can be composed in the Major chords. Millions of songs have been composed across all genres in the Major Scale and yet no one complains of Plagiarism ....such is the power of this beautiful Scale.



Friday, January 9, 2015

Music- A Branch of knowledge


All   branches of knowledge other than sciences come under the heading of humanities.   The chatushashti kalas 64 arts mentioned in the ancient works in the Indian classical works include both ordinary and fine art forms. . The lalit kalas or the fine arts appeal to the sense of beauty within us. 
Music appeals through the medium of the ear. Visual Arts like painting, sculpture and architecture appeal through the medium of the eye. Music, dancing, Kathakalakshepam, Drama, Opera and dance dram come under the heading of performing arts.

Fine arts are important in promoting human culture and progress. They chasten mends minds and help them to lead fuller and happier lies. They develop the sense of beauty.
 A better man and a better society result by the promotion of the study of fine arts. . Life will be become dull. Insipid, uninteresting and bereft of all charm, if fine arts are not allowed prospering and growing. .
Music is the language of emotions. IT is one of the fine arts and is the finest of fine arts. IT is concerned with sounds which are calculated to excite pleasant feelings of us.
In this case of fine arts like Painting, sculpture and architecture, nature provided man with plentiful ideas. The profuse variety of colors in the plant, animal and mineral kingdom, the rising sun and the setting sun m the azure sky m the inspiring colors of the rainbow, the dark deep blue waters of the ocean, the natural formations and numerous landscapes of architectural beauty on the hill sides and the fascinating shapes of crystals gave him the necessary materials to develop and work upon.
 But the system if music was developed by the genius of the man himself. And for this reason. Among others, music is entitled to be ranked as the greatest of fine arts.
Music is of universal appeal and influences alike the scholar and the lay person m the old and the young and the man and the beast. The cow, the infant, and the serpent feel the charm of the music as per the shloka.
Pashurvethi Shishurvethi Vethi Ganarasam Fani
The word gana rasa in the above shloka may be noted. Gana rasa means the pure aesthetic joy felt by listening to absolute music and unconnected with words.
In the opera prahlada bhakthi vijayam in the verse following the ninth kanada padya at the commencement of the play, tyagaraja uses the term: Ganarasa:
Raga Thalami Yuta gana rasamu cheta
I.e. the play which shines through ganarasa along with the beautiful combination of raga and tala.
Music is the language of the gods. Siva plays the damaru (drum); Krishna plays the flute and sarasvati plays the vina. Celestials like Narada and Tumburu are associated with Musical Instruments.  That the ancients comprehended the importance of absolute music is born out by this association of musical instruments with gods and goddesses.


Classical Music