Learn basics of South Indian Carnatic Flute Step by Step
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Learn basics of South Indian Carnatic Flute Step by Step

This course lays an entry level foundation for aspirants who do not have any prior experience learning Carnatic Flute
5.0 (118 ratings)
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388 students enrolled
Last updated 4/2015
Price: $200
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get thorough knowledge about the 'Fundamentals of South Indian Carnatic Bamboo Flute'
  • Understand basic 'Classification of Indian Classical Music'
  • Clear Understanding on the 'Types of Indian Bamboo Flutes' & 'Major Differences Between them'
  • Clear Understanding on the History & Evolution of 'South Indian Carnatic Bamboo Flute'
  • Understand Major Contributors of 'South Indian Carnatic Flute' who can inspire each one of us
  • Understand Physical Disciplines including - 'Right Sitting Posture', 'Perfect Ways to Get Pure Sound on the Flute' & 'Holding the Flute in Cross Fingering Technique'
  • Understand Basic Musical Terminologies like 'Scales', 'Octaves' which are explained using Block Diagram and Pictures
  • Understand the fingering technique for the Basic Carnatic Scales - Harikambodhi & Mayamalawagowla Raga on Carnatic Flute
  • Understand Basic Permutation & Combinational sequences of Sapta Swaras in Ascending & Descending Order sequences which are practiced in 3 – Speeds called Sarali Varses.
  • Get more confidence & Familiarity with the instrument by understanding the basic 'Rhythm & beautiful Melody' produced by Carnatic Flute
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  • Love and interest towards 'South Indian Carnatic Flute'
  • You will need a basic 'South Indian - Carnatic Flute' (8 - Holed) which is now readily available in the market. If you are not able to get it, let me know

What is the course all about?

  • This Course is all about understanding Basics of 'South Indian Richest Carnatic Music Heritage' - 'The Carnatic Bamboo Flute'
  • Anyone who is interested in Indian Classical Music, Carnatic Classical Music, longing to learn South Indian Carnatic Flute in particular would certainly love and jump to join this course :-)

What kind of Materials are included?

  • Professional Quality pictures and Block Diagrams are used to explain concepts to make it more interesting.
  • The videos are of very High quality with lesson highlights and key pointers embedded in 'High Quality - PNG images' in the background
  • Difficult concepts are explained using examples of illustrations that we come across in our daily life.

How long will the Course take to complete?

  • The complete course is for around 3.5 Hrs.
  • But, as a student with 'Zero Knowledge' in Carnatic Flute/Music, to complete this course with perfection, it will take close to 2 - 3 months who can dedicate 1/2 Hour ~ 45min daily

How is the Course Structured?

  • The Course is structured very systematically giving more emphasis on the Fundamentals Highlighting about 'Indian Classical Music & its Classification', and other very important topics like 'The different Types of Indian Bamboo Flutes and its Differences', 'Major Contributors to Carnatic Flute' etc.. This will certainly bring more interest and enthusiasm in taking the course even before starting the actual exercises.
  • The exercises related to syllabus are explained clearly and few assignment exercises are added towards the end of each chapter to bring in more confidence.
  • Each and every fundamental concept is explained very clearly with clear instructions and supportive images and High Quality Video instructions
  • PDF notes are included at the end of each section with a brief about what was covered and simple assignment exercises.
  • This course is Structured systematically keeping in mind the wide range of age group 10 ~ 55 Years

Why take this course? What are my Key - Takeaways?

  • Take this course to get a flavour of 'Richest South Indian - Carnatic Music' through this divine instrument - 'The South Indian Carnatic Bamboo Flute'
  • At the end of this course, You will feel proud to have known the Fundamentals of South Indian Carnatic Flute and would be enjoying yourself playing the Basic Exercises with confidence!
Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone between age group 10 - 55 Years with absolute zero knowledge in Carnatic Music/Flute
  • Anyone who is suffering from Asthma/Bronchitis, Practising Flute can help you get rid of it
  • Not suggested for Pregnant women
  • This course is not for you if you're looking for advanced and complex lessons and if you already had some previous learning experience
  • Anyone who wants 'Strong Basics' with Fundamentals explained in the easiest possible way to understand
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Curriculum For This Course
49 Lectures
Types of Indian Bamboo Flutes
4 Lectures 07:37

Warm Welcome to everyone who has enrolled to my course! All the best for your learning process.

Preview 00:59

This Lecture highlights on the Classification of Indian Music with a brief about:

  • North Indian Hindustani Classical Music
  • South Indian Carnatic Classical Music
Different forms of Indian Music & A Brief - North & South Indian Classical Music

Here we try to understand the different types of 'Indian Bamboo Flutes' with more details on the differences b/w ' 6 - Holed Bansuri' Flutes & '8 - Holed Carnatic/Venu' Flutes

Types of Indian Bamboo Flutes & its Differences

A quick reference to what ever has been covered in Section 1.

Section 1 - Notes
7 pages
Major Contributors to Carnatic Flute
3 Lectures 02:18

Here, let us try to understand the major contributions of 'Sri. Sharaba Shastri' towards South Indian Carnatic Flute because of whom the 'South Indian - Carnatic Flute' got its identity for the 1st time as Concert level instrument.

Sri Sharaba Shastrigal’s contribution

The Carnatic Flute got a complete Facelift through T. R Mahalingam's efforts. Let us quickly understand his contribution in this section.

Also let us try to understand who took this instrument to the next level post T. R Mahalingam's era.

T. R Mahalingam’s Contribution

A quick glance through the Legends's contribution for this divine instrument.

Section 2 - Notes
2 pages
Different Scales in Carnatic Flute/Music
3 Lectures 03:32

Here, let us try to understand some quick theory behind Scales/Shruthi

About Scales and its importance

This is a very important lecture to understand:

  • The importance of 'Each & every Scale'
  • Where it can used in terms of application
  • How it is actually related to Western instruments
  • Dimensions of Carnatic Flute associated with different Scales
Understanding every Scale and its applications

A quick 'Hand Book' on the Topic Scales!

Section 3 - Notes
3 pages
Physical Disciplines of Carnatic Flute
3 Lectures 07:31

Here let us quickly understand the perfect discipline that needs to be followed while practising this divine instrument and also try to understand the perfect ways to get pure sound with lot of illustrations that we come across in our daily life which makes concepts simpler and clear!

Right sitting Posture & Ways to get Pure Sound on Carnatic Flute

Holding the Flute is very important before we get started. In Carnatic Style, we follow 'Cross Fingering Technique' which helps us in playing the swaras real quick and also Gamakas very effectively.

Let us try to understand the perfect procedure on how to hold the Carnatic flute in 'Cross Fingering Style'

How to hold the flute in Cross Fingering technique

A quick 'Hand Book' for Section 4 which covers 'Physical Deciplines of Carnatic Flute'

Section 4 - Notes
4 pages
Introduction to Harikambodhi & Mayamalawagowla Raga
6 Lectures 24:42
Importance of Harikambodhi Raga

How to play Saptaswaras in ‘Harikambodhi Raga' Part 1 (Sa to Ma)

How to play Saptaswaras in ‘Harikambodhi Raga' Part - 2 (Pa to Ni)

How to play Saptaswaras in ‘Harikambodhi Raga' - A quick Recap

How to play Saptaswaras in ‘Mayamalawagowla Raga’

Section 5 - Notes
13 pages
Octaves in Carnatic Music
4 Lectures 11:22
Introduction & Octave Range in Carnatic Flute

Understanding Lower Octave Notations - Mayamalawagowla Raga

Understanding Higher Octave Notations - Mayamalawagowla Raga

Section 6 - Notes
6 pages
Sarali Varses in Mayamalawagowla Raga
12 Lectures 50:14
Sarali Varses - Introduction

Practicing Varses in 3 Speeds – By Breath

Sarali Varse Exercises (1 & 2) in Speed 1

Sarali Varse Exercises (3 & 4) in Speed 1

Sarali Varse Exercises (5 & 6) in Speed 1

Sarali Varse Exercises (7 & 8) in Speed 1

Sarali Varse Exercises (1 to 4) in Speed 2

Sarali Varse Exercises (5 to 8) in Speed 2

Sarali Varse Exercises (1 to 4) in Speed 3

Sarali Varse Exercises (5 to 8) in Speed 3

Practicing Instructions

Section 7 - Notes
5 pages
Dhatu Varses in Mayamalawagowla Raga
14 Lectures 01:17:24

Dhatu Varse#1 in Speed 1

Dhatu Varse#1 in Speed 2

Dhatu Varse#1 in Speed 3

Dhatu Varse#2 in Speed 1 (Explanation)

Dhatu Varse# 2 in Speed 1 (Full Exercise)

Dhatu Varse#2 in Speed 2 (Explanation & Exercise)

Dhatu Varse#2 in Speed 3 (Explanation & Exercise)

Dhatu Varse#3 in Speed 1 (Explanation)

Dhatu Varse#3 in Speed 2

Dhatu Varse#3 in Speed 3

Section 8 - Notes
4 pages

About the Instructor
Sriharsha Ramkumar
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Performer & South Indian Carnatic Flute Teacher @ Udemy

Performer at the ever fame 'TEDx' event that was held at MSRIT -  Bengaluru in Sep 2016! 

Born in a family of musicians, for me Music is a divine blessing. I'm born and raised in Bangalore, I'm fortunate to have my father Sri. K. S. Ramkumar who himself is a South Indian Carnatic Mridangam (South Indian Percussion) artist. With his continuous guidance, Interest towards South Indian Carnatic Flute developed for me at a tender age of 4 and began my formal training at the age 6 from Vidwan. Sri. Srinivas Murthy. I started performing at the age of 10. I'm an Engineer by profession & Musician by passion.

International Tours:

• Toured USA and completed 4 – Successful Carnatic Classical concerts at the following prestigious venues

1. Hindu Temple of Central Texas; Temple Texas

2. Meenakshi Temple; Houston

3. Houston Durgabari Society

4. Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, Frisco, Tx

• The Cultural Theatre of 'Mall of Emirates'; Dubai
• JSS Private Auditorium, Alsa-fa organized by UAE Kannada Koota; Dubai

National Tours:
• IIT Delhi: For a multi national conference on Tourism – ICTT
• Pondicherry: For a fund raising event organized by FATA-DEI
• Mumbai: Qualified 4th Round of a reality show 'India's got Talent'

Local Tours:
• Have performed for Bangalore's biggest Cultural festival 'The 52nd Bengaluru Ganesha Uthsava'
• Have performed for several corporate events for companies including Microsoft, Dell, Canon, Airtel, Biocon, BOSCH, KIOCL, Tejas Networks to name a few
• Have performed for 'Bangalore International Wine Festival' at the Palace Grounds
• Have performed at Rotary Club International – Sadhashivnagar for their annual President's meet
• Have performed for numerous Private shows across Bangalore
• Have accompanied for Indian Classical dance – Bharathanatyam for a few concerts
• Have performed at several prestigious temples across Karnataka
• Have performed at RV Engineering College's prestigious fest 8th Mile 2014!
• Have performed 2 times for 'Indian Airforce' Bangalore
• Have been invited as judge and chief guest for several occasions in various colleges.

• Have recorded Flute for a song from the Kannada Movie 'Nam Life Story' (Yet to be released)
• Have released a Carnatic Album called 'Trivenisangama' under the famous record label 'Jhankar Audio' with Brother 'Adarsha Ramkumar' accompanying on Carantic Violin and father 'Sri. K. S Ramkumar' accompanying on Mridangam. The Album was released on a grand Scale at the prestigious 'Gayana Samaja' Auditorium on 10th of November 2012 with more than 500+ audience along with the blessings of our Gurus & Elders.
• Have recorded 2 songs for a US based documentary movie based on Indian Classical Dance

Radio Interviews:
• An interview with Unplugged performance for Radio City 91.1
• Recorded a small jingle for Radio City 91.1 for Independence Day occasion
• Exclusive interview and unplugged performance was aired on the famous Radio Channel 94.3 Radio One for the program “One Bangalore One music" hosted by RJ Rakesh on 16th Oct 2011