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Article: Voice Lesson 2

 
By Haresh Bakshi
 
 
Introduction
Do you want to tone up your voice? When you sing (or even speak), do you want to sound your best? Do you wish to cultivate your voice to make it mellow, rich, and sweet? If your answer to these questions is a resounding "YES", then you are ready to begin with this first lesson-- and continue with those that follow.
This text has accompanying music lesson.

How to get the best results with these lessons
(i) Please be very regular
(ii) Be patient and steady
(iii) Sing along, using your voice to produce steady, soft tone

Instructions
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Every pattern starts in my voice, and is immediately followed by the same pattern in my student Kathleen's voice. Attend carefully to the pattern when I am singing, without singing along with me; you should sing along with Kathleen.

If you like, you can record your voice when singing along, and send the recording to me, by attaching it to your email addressed to:

This series is voice-training exercises in several parts. Each segment of exercises is called ALAMKARA or PALTA (or, pattern). The series has its key in the note of C (commonly called 'white one' of 'sufed ek'). The note C has ben chosen as a matter of common practice and convenience: there is no other special reason. The alamkara-s are in the thaat Bilawal. So we have all shuddha (natural) notes. Playing these notes will involve only white keys:
The keyCDEFGAB
Indian notationSaReGaMaPaDhaNi
SymbolsSRGmPDN

If you play these notes on the keyboard, you will need to use only white keys. However, NEVER PLAY THE KEYBOARD ALONG WHEN SINGING.

An apostrophe to the left of a note indicates that it is to be sung in the lower octave -- for example, 'N; an apostrophe to the right of a note indicates that it is to be sung in the upper octave. In this first lesson, notes in the upper octave are not involved.

Join us: enjoy and improve. During the lesson, I demonstrate a pattern, and Kathleen repeats it. You can sing along with Kathleen's part.

The order and the notation of the exercises (alamkara-s) are:-

(1) S
(2) S 'N S
    S 'N 'D 'N S
    S 'N 'D 'P 'D 'N S
(3) S R S 'N S
    S R S 'N 'D 'N S
    S R S 'N 'D 'P 'D 'N S
(4) S R G R S 'N S
    S R G R S 'N 'D 'N S
    S R G R S 'N 'D 'P 'D 'N S
(5) S R G m G R S 'N S
    S R G m G R S 'N 'D 'N S
    S R G m G R S 'N 'D 'P 'D 'N S
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(6) S-R-G-m-P-m-G-R  S-R-G-m-P-m-G-R  S-R-G-m-P-m-G-R -S
    [Repeated several times, with increasing tempo]
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(7)  S R G m P
(8)  SRG RGm GmP
(9)  PmG mGR GRS
(10) SRG RGm GmP  PmG mGR GRS
(11) SRGm RGmP
(12) PmGR mGRS
(13) SRGm RGmP  PmGR mGRS
(14) SS RR GG mm PP
(15) PP mm GG RR SS
(16) SS RR GG mm PP mm GG RR SS
(17) SS RR GG mm PP mm GG RR  SS RR GG mm PP mm GG RR SS
(18) SSS RRR GGG mmm PPP
(19) PPP mmm GGG RRR SSS
(20) SSS RRR GGG mmm PPP mmm GGG RRR SSS
(21) SSS RRR GGG mmm PPP mmm GGG RRR SSS RRR GGG mmm PPP mmm GGG RRR      
SSS
(22) S R G m P m G R S
(23) S R G m P m G R S 'N
(24) S R G m P m G R S 'N 'D
(25) S R G m P m G R S 'N 'D 'P
(26) 'P 'D 'N S R G m P m G R S 'N 'D 'P
(27) S
 

 

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