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WHAT WILL YOU FIND HERE
You will find here Sargams (Indian notations) of Hindi and non-Hindi songs and tunes which may help you to play them on your instruments. Since, I play Bansuri (Bamboo Flute), I may be a little bias towards reproducing Sargam more suitable to play on Bansuri.
But, having said that, it doesn’t mean that these Sargam cannot be played on other instruments, like harmonium, keyboard, violin, sitar etc. They can be, indeed. If Bansuri produces “Sa Re Ga Ma”, so do other instruments, irrespective of their make or type. So, I’m pretty sure that with little improvisation, these notations will hold equally good for playing on any type of instrument.
That means, if you are searching for, say, “Sargam of Hindi Songs on haromium”, or “Hindi song notations for harmonium”, or, “Harmonium notes for Hindi songs”, then you might have come to the right place.
Welcome to Notes & Sargam
This is an informal yet comprehensive resource of musical notes of Indian, Bollywood and Hollywood songs and tunes.
So, you are a music lover. You play some instrument too. But you are stuck. You have looked around everywhere for notations of the music that you want to play on your instrument, but alas! little luck. Those resources are either charging money or are incomplete. But the good news is, you have landed up on Notes & Sargam – a comprehensive, easy to navigate, easy to understand, and above all absolutely free resource for music lovers like you who just want to play their favorite music on their instruments.
This website will surely make you happy as here you will find Sargams (some call it notations, swaralipi, notes, etc.) of various Regional, Indian, Western songs, tunes, theme music, jingles etc., which have been enlisted categorically to make it easier for you to find what you want. So, explore, play, learn and enjoy!
How to produce SARGAM or notations of a song?
I have been asked by many that “How to produce SARGAM or notations of a song?”
Well, I will be answering this question purely based on my own experience of “trial and errors”. Since I am not a trained musician, I may be technically wrong while letting you know how do I produce SARGAMs, but the way I do it has so far helped me in understanding how one may find out the SARGAM of any song or tune on flute. I will not call it a technique, but a ‘Trick’.
How do I find out my Flute’s scale?
It is a very common dilemma of many who are new to Flutes. Picking up a flute is easy, blowing it correctly to get the right sweet tone is a bit challenging, but then, playing your flute in sync with a particular scale is the most daunting task for those flutists who have not taken formal flute lessons from any Guru or Teacher.
So, if you want to know the scale of your flute, do the following:
Frequenty Asked Questions on Bansuri?
“How to play perfect shudha madyama. I failed to play it with half hole open.”
Shuddh Ma is always a tricky note to play on flute. However, practice can make you perfect. The most common mistake one does is to become over conscious on opening (or closing) the top-first-hole on the flute. In the process what happens is that your fingers on the other holes on the flute may get slightly misplaced and thus let some air pass out from any of those other holes. See if you are making the same mistake or not. Close all the other holes fully and firmly except the first one which has to be half-closed and then blow gently to produce Shuddh Ma.
Do not stop experimenting – A case study
Producing Sargam/Notations of a song or tune is difficult, sometimes. But it is not impossible, if you have patience and a good ear to hear the correct tone, pitch, beat and note.
Sometimes, you may have to experiment with one or even a half note below or above the one that you are already playing, to get that ‘perfect’ sound. This particular song has taught me this lesson. And, I hope this will be informative for you also.
Indian Sargam Vs Western Notes
Following chart may come handy while translating western notes of any tune or song into Indian Sargam, and vice-versa.
Scale C D E F G A B
Indian Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni
Western Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti
The letters in all the above rows (column wise) generally follow a sequence. For example…
How to read Indian notations
The SARGAM (Indian notations) posted in this website are arranged in the following manner. Readers can take a clue from it and decipher the notations. The following is how generally the Indian notations are written, but it is not the thumbrule. You may find notations written in other style at other places. But for this website, we will be adhering to the following rules.
- CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Flat Notes)