Elements of Indian Music (Book + Online Audio)
The Melakarta System
30603M

Elements of Indian Music introduces the Indian melodic system in an accessible manner within the realm of Western music theory. It demonstrates a new archetype in music composition for composers of any genre, as well as composition teachers and anyone interested in ethnomusicology.

This book contains a set of 12 etudes for piano and transcriptions for classical guitar. Each etude is about one minute in length and ut ...more

Product Number:
30603M
Format:
Book + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Intermediate-Advanced
Notation Type:
Standard Notation
Pages:
100
Binding:
Squareback Saddle Stitched
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN:
1-5134-6085-4
ISBN13:
978-15134-6085-7
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
7/24/2018

Elements of Indian Music introduces the Indian melodic system in an accessible manner within the realm of Western music theory. It demonstrates a new archetype in music composition for composers of any genre, as well as composition teachers and anyone interested in ethnomusicology.

This book contains a set of 12 etudes for piano and transcriptions for classical guitar. Each etude is about one minute in length and utilizes notes from a particular Indian scale. An intermediate to advanced skill level is required to perform each etude. Practicing and performing these studies is an excellent way to expand one’s musical perspective beyond traditional diatonic scales.

Indian music has intrigued the West for a long time, but hasn’t always been accessible because of the absence of a systematic approach to theory and repertoire. Just as the Western harmonic system is well developed, the Indian melodic system is very advanced and equally established. The intermingling of these two worlds can inspire new, exceptional sonic landscapes.

Useful literature on the evolution of the Indian melodic system is also included, with notes on how it can be used as a modus operandi by Western musicians who wish to apply Indian scales in Western compositions and improvisations.

Includes access to online audio

SECTION A
Preface by George Brooks............................................................................................................... 4
Acknowledgements.......................................................................................................................... 5
Introduction...................................................................................................................................... 6
 
The Melodic Structure of Indian Music
 
Melakarta and Thaat......................................................................................................................... 7
Raaga............................................................................................................................................... 7
The Quintessence of Indian Music................................................................................................... 8
Congruence Between Musical Cultures............................................................................................ 9
Indian Theory vs. Western Theory – A Unified Approach
Key Signatures and Time Signatures...............................................................................................10
Staff Position, Scale Degrees, Intervals and Scale-Chord Compatibility......................................... 11
Standard & Adjusted Scale Degrees for Melakarta Scales............................................................. 14
Approach to Chords........................................................................................................................ 15
The Circle of Intervals..................................................................................................................... 16
 The 72 Melakarta Scales  (Standard Scale Degrees) .................................................................... 18
The 72 Melakarta Scales  (Adjusted Scale Degrees)......................................................................19
Relative Modes of Melakarta Scales............................................................................................... 20
The Method Behind the Melakarta System .................................................................................... 22
 
SECTION B
 
The 72 Melakarta Scales (Staff Notation- Key of C)
 
Chakra 1........................................................................................................................................................ 24
Chakra 2........................................................................................................................................................ 25
Chakra 3........................................................................................................................................................ 26
Chakra 4........................................................................................................................................................ 27
Chakra 5........................................................................................................................................................ 28
Chakra 6........................................................................................................................................................ 29
Chakra 7........................................................................................................................................................ 30
Chakra 8........................................................................................................................................................ 31
Chakra 9........................................................................................................................................................ 32
Chakra 10...................................................................................................................................................... 33
Chakra 11....................................................................................................................................................... 34
Chakra 12....................................................................................................................................................... 35
 
Melakarta Scale Workouts. ................................................................................................................36
Piano Etudes using Melakarta Scales
Etude in Melakarta #01 – Kana-kAngi ...............................................................................................42
Etude in Melakarta #10 – NAtaka-priya .............................................................................................45
Etude in Melakarta #16 – Chakra-vAkam ..........................................................................................48
Etude in Melakarta #19 – JhankAra-dhwani ......................................................................................50
Etude in Melakarta #27 – Sara-sAngi ................................................................................................52
Etude in Melakarta #36 – Chala-nAtA................................................................................................54
Etude in Melakarta #37 – SAlagam ...................................................................................................57
Etude in Melakarta #45 – Shuba-panthu-varAli .................................................................................60
Etude in Melakarta #51 – KAma-vardhini ..........................................................................................63
Etude in Melakarta #59 – Dharma-vathi ............................................................................................66
Etude in Melakarta #65 – Mecha-Kalyani ..........................................................................................68
Etude in Melakarta #72 – Rasika-priya ..............................................................................................70
 
Classical Guitar Etudes using Melakarta Scales
 
Etude in Melakarta #01 – Kana-kAngi ...............................................................................................74
Etude in Melakarta #10 – NAtaka-priya .............................................................................................77
Etude in Melakarta #16 – Chakra-vAkam ..........................................................................................80
Etude in Melakarta #19 – JhankAra-dhwani ......................................................................................82
Etude in Melakarta #27 – Sara-sAngi ................................................................................................84
Etude in Melakarta #36 – Chala-nAtA................................................................................................86
Etude in Melakarta #37 – SAlagam ...................................................................................................88
Etude in Melakarta #45 – Shuba-panthu-varAli .................................................................................90
Etude in Melakarta #51 – KAma-vardhini ..........................................................................................92
Etude in Melakarta #59 – Dharma-vathi ............................................................................................94
Etude in Melakarta #65 – Mecha-Kalyani ..........................................................................................96
Etude in Melakarta #72 – Rasika-priya ..............................................................................................98
About the Author...............................................................................................................................100
 
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