INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Community Forum: Indian notation


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Indian notation Feb 07, 2002 10:11 p.m.

I understand that the Indian notation scale
is 7 notes. I would like to know how they
correspond to the western notation scale,
how many whole and half notes.
I would eventually like to learn to sing and
write music in the Indian note scale.
I am quite ignorant of all types of indian music
at this stage but I love the sound of it.

Thanks, WendyA

Re:Indian notation Feb 07, 2002 10:24 p.m.

The the scale its the same as western. 12 tones total, 7 in the major scale and its modes. Indian is 7 notes per that. In some ragas I hear there is 1/4 steps between a note and its sharp or flat, but Im not Indian musician. Also you should be warned, thats arent ragas, ragas do not have to contain 7 tones.
Re:Indian notation Feb 07, 2002 10:36 p.m.

I guess I didnt really adress the acuall question at all.. sorry.

The notation scale is Sa Re Ga Pa Ma Dha Ni Sa

these dont stand for specific notes really, they stand for scale degrees, Its like in western theory when someone will write out a scale form with numbers, like the major scale is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1

Harmonic Minor- 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 1

To notate sharps and flats in the indian notation system you use a horizontal line underneith the letters to signify flat and a vertical line above to notate a sharped note.

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