Music Lessons: 5 Stages

STAGE 1: KNOWLEDGE & BASICS

 

Initial lessons will involve understanding what you would like to achieve, your level of knowledge on music (including indian classical music), awareness of rhythm (taal), key notes, your range of voice and the appropriate choice of scale for you.

 

The first stages are to determine whether you are a Beginner, Intermediary or Advanced singer. This is only to ensure that your personalised music lessons are adapted to your needs.

 

There are no minimum requirements to join these classes, however it is essential that you have the dedication to learn and practice regularly. Yes, there is homework involved - but it's all worth it in the end.

 

STAGE 2: TRAINING

 

You will be familiarised with a number of musical instruments traditionally used in Indian classical music, such as the Harmonium.

 

Originally invented in Europe, the Harmonium was introduced in India in the 18th century by the British. This will be used to accompany your voice and will help you practice matching the notes you sing with those that you play on the keys.

 

The whole purpose of voice training is to improve your ability to control your voice and eventually expand your voice flexibility and reach.  Everyone has their own singing style and at Raagini, we understand that when giving you voice training. 

 

STAGE 3: PRACTISE AND IMPROVISATION

 

We recommend you practice using a Taanpura or Harmonium at home regularly and in between your music lessons, in order to reach your goals. 

 

By this stage you would have covered most of the basics, and will continue to practice them in the background. You will then learn how to improvise your voice to various music genres, tempos (speed of singing), all based on various raagas of various moods, difficulty levels and meaning. 

 

The lyrics of each raaga or song you are taught will be explained to you in your music lessons. When you sing, you need to know the meaning of the song. This helps you express the emotions behind the song, making your performance an enjoyable one (for yourself and others). 

 

STAGE 4: YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

 

This is for the inermediary and advanced level students.

 

Now, you will know what you are good at singing and enjoy the most. One of the most essential elements of singing well is that you must be enjoying yourself. If not, those listening to you will be able to tell. 

 

To become a successful singer, you need to create your own unique style(or styles) of singing. You should avoid sounding like someone else, as tempting as it may be. 

 

STAGE 5: PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

 

This is personal choice. If you don't like to perform in front of a live audience, that's your choice. However, this is a key element in building confidence in yourself, in your singing, in performing...and when you perfect this, the applause from the audience will be one of the most satisfying feeling. You will feel the benefits of all the hard work you have put into your voice training. 

 

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