INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Indian Music Forum: octaves

 

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Art
octaves Apr 29, 2002 04:41 p.m.


how many notes are in an octave, in Indian music instruments?
jerry
Re:octaves Apr 30, 2002 12:21 a.m.


Hi Art
Indian music has the same number of notes in the chromatic octave as western music - i.e., 12 including the octave note. But in any given scale (thaat) in Indian music you won't use close to all the notes of the octave.
The western notes and their indian equivalents (in the key of C) are C (Sa), Db (kommal Re), D (Re), Eb (kommal Ga), E (Ga), F (Ma), F# (Tivra Ma), G (Pa), G# (kommal Dha), A (Dha), Bb (kommal Ni), B (Ni), C (Sa).
Hope this helps.
Jerry
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