ABOUT NOTES & SARGAM

This is an informal resource of musical notes of Indian, Bollywood and Hollywood songs and tunes, useful for those who love music and play some instrument.

Whatever is shared through this book, is out of author’s personal experiences.  The author is a self-taught Flutist who tries to reproduce the Sargam (Indian notations) of the songs/tunes etc., by playing them on flute. That’s why the Sargam or notations that you get in this website may differ from what a trained musician may offer. Hence, please use this website as a reference only and do not restrict yourself from improvisations.

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, the author plays Bansuri (Bamboo Flute), he might sound 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 harmonium, violin, guitar, etc.”, then you might have come to the right place.

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6 thoughts on “ABOUT NOTES & SARGAM”

  1. Devender Pratap

    Hi Prashant Sir!
    I journey is also somwhat simialr but not able to pursue my passion since childhood. Though i am close to 58 year and understand bansuri since childhood without undersanding of Sargam and note. I did contact few good gurus and not able to discipine myself as per my schedule. I got hold of this website yesterday only and stories of some of the individuals who leaned without gurus indeed was quite motivating. I did call you yesterday itself but couldn’t connect.
    i am sure with your motivations i can thinof starting my journey.

    1. I’m happy that my website and those stories could inspire you. All the best to you. I’m available on WhatsApp 24×7 🙂 Connect with me whenever you can.

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How to read SARGAM notations

  • CAPITAL LETTERS = Shuddh Swars (Pure Notes)
  • small letters = Komal Swars (Flat Notes)
  • A Note with # [hash] = Tivra Swar 
  • Letter/Alphabet ONLY = Medium Pitch/Normal blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet PRECEDED BY a ” . ” [full stop] or  a ” , ” [comma] = Low Pitch/Softer blow on flute
  • Letter/Alphabet FOLLOWED BY a ‘ [single quote] = High Pitch/harder blow on flute
  • Notes in { } = “murki” or “khatka” which have to be played very fast without any pause
  • A Note in ( ) = “kann swar” has to be just touched before moving on to the next note
  • A “~” between two Notes = “Meend”. That is, you have to glide from one note to another slowly to produce that wavy effect.
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