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Jan
reading music Jul 21, 2003 01:22 p.m.


Howdy folks!

How do i play this: S r G M P d N

What are the differenses of R and r ? (small or big letters)
To get the understanding for it the following question is:
How would this sound s R g m p D n?

thanks a lot

jan

Bob
Re:reading music Jul 21, 2003 01:58 p.m.


Jan -- I've seen a more than one way of using the English alphabet to indicate Indian notes. In general, Uppercase = natural; lowercase = flat. In the second example the lowercase p would indicate a flat fifth which is not used in Indian music. (A sharp fourth -- sometimes indicated M' -- is used in some ragas).

A line above or below inidicates the octave. I remember seeing an article on this on either sitarsetc.com or the Buckingham Music Webstite. Maybe both places, come to think of it. There is a lot of good stuff on those sites and I think you'd enjoy taking a look!

Lars
Re:reading music Jul 21, 2003 08:32 p.m.


Hi Jan,
The small letters mean the note is flat, sometimes MA(F) is noted as a small letter for the natural and a capital (MA) for the sharp/tivra Ma. No articles about that yet on the site, I prefer the line underneath (Bhatkhande system).......
Lars
Billy
Re:reading music Jul 21, 2003 09:00 p.m.


Great question, one I wondered about myself. The reason, in some music systems, lowercase vs uppercase denotes octives, which I was pretty sure that was not what we were seeing on the sitar. So I googled "sitar" and "lower-case" and found a lot of different articles, but I like this neat little article at:

http://users.lmi.net/it/sitar.orchestration.html


Namaste',
Billy Enigmar Godfrey
Jan
Re:reading music Jul 22, 2003 02:05 a.m.


Yes, yes and yes!

Billy...

thats it, a little something that i think i can understand : )
I have seen the site before, but didnt read it i must admit. I was doing a sitar search on google, looking for other information.

thanks a lot

Jan

RH
Re:reading music Jul 22, 2003 03:28 a.m.


http://richard.harrington1.home.comcast.net/media/pdfs/notation_tutorial.pdf


Jan (Jul 21, 2003 01:22 p.m.):
Howdy folks!

How do i play this: S r G M P d N

What are the differenses of R and r ? (small or big letters)
To get the understanding for it the following question is:
How would this sound s R g m p D n?

thanks a lot

jan


Jan
Re:reading music Jul 22, 2003 04:27 a.m.


RH!

Thank you!

This was very nice to recive. And your site is really good!
Hey all, check out RHs site, loads of good links to sink into...

http://richard.harrington1.home.comcast.net/

Jan

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