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Indian Bamboo flute Bansuri woodwind playing techniques: Indian woodwind bamboo Flutes - Bansuris range in length from below 12 inches (called Murali Bansuri Flute) up to approximately 40 inches (called Shankha Bansuri Flute). Usually the 20-inch sized bansuri Flutes are the most common for learning and playing. The size of a Bamboo flute Bansuri affects its pitch. The Longer bansuri Bamboo Flute with a larger bore have a lower pitch and the slimmer and shorter Bansuri Bamboo Flute sound to a higher pitch. When playing, The Bansuri flute is raised so that the Bamboo Flute blowing hole is in front of the Bansuri flute player's lips and aligned with them, the blow hole of the Bansuri Flute must be right under the Flute Bansuri player's lower lip, resting against the chin. The Bansuri Bamboo flute fingering technique for playing Bansuri involves the index, middle, and ring fingers of both hands which are usually used to finger the six hole Bansuri Flute. For the seven hole Flute Bansuri, the little finger of the lower hand is usually employed.
If the Bamboo Bansuri Flute player is right handed, then the Bansuri flute is holded in the hands so that the bamboo flute player's left hand grips the Bamboo flute to the left of the Bansuri Flute blowing hole and the right hand grips below the Flute Bansuri blowing hole to the right, although holding a Bansuri Flute does not really matter even if the Bansuri Bamboo Flute player holds it with one hand as long as the Bansuri Flute is held in alignment to the lips. For a left handed Bansuri Flute player, the opposite Flute positioning is applicable.
How to play Bansuri flute - Indian bamboo flute woodwind Bansuri playing tips:
The blow hole of the Bansuri Bamboo Flute is put right under the lower lip, resting against the chin and is blown gently, tryjng to get a smooth, crisp sound, the Bansuri is twisted till the clear sound is obtained. Once the Bamboo Flute Bansuri player starts getting clean sound out of blow hole, the Bamboo Flute Bansuri player can put first three fingers of the left hand on top three holes of Bansuri flute and right hand fingers on bottom three holes of Bansuri Flute. Further the Bansuri Flute player has to blow and get sound with all fingers resting and covering all six hole. Once the Bansuri flute player gets sound with all holes covered, the Bamboo Flute player can start lifting fingers from bottom to top one by one and then bring back from top to bottom in the same order to produce lower Octave. The lower octave requires low blow, higher octave requires higher blow. Various grip styles are used by Bansuri Bamboo flutists to suit different lengths of Bansuris, the two prominent Bamboo Bansuri Flute grip styles are the Pannalal Ghosh style Bansuri Flute grip, which uses the fingertips to close the Bansuri holes, and the second is Hariprasad Chaurasia style Bansuri Flute grip, which uses the fingerpads (flat undersides of the fingers) to close the Bansuri Flute holes.
Indian music is played in 3 octaves called - Mandra - lower Octave, Madhya - middle Octave, and Taar - high Octave with ornamentations such as meends (glides) and gamaks (oscillations). The Bansuri Flute is capable of producing just over 2 and a half octaves. In order to play the diatonic scale on a Bansuri Flute, the Bansuri player needs to find where the notes lie. A Bansuri Bamboo flutist is able to perform complex facets of Indian Hindustani Raga music such as microtonal inflections, ornamentation, and glissando by varying the breath, performing fast and dextrous fingering on Bansuri, and closing / opening of the Bansuri Flute holes with slow, sweeping gestures.
The sound of a Bansuri Flute as an air reed wind instrument is generated from resonance of the air column inside it. The length of this
column is varied by closing or leaving open, a varying number of holes. Half-holing is employed to play flat or minor notes. The music
note 'Sa' (on the Indian sargam scale, or equivalent 'do' on the octave) note is obtained by covering the first three holes from the
blowing hole of Bansuri. Octaves are varied by manipulating one's embouchure and controlling the wind blowing strength. Following are
the Indian music Sapta Swara, this set of 7 notes are also referred to as Saptak, which is the equivalent of an Octave and are produced in
the following on Bansuri Flute:
Ma (Madhyam) - M - No holes covered, Ga (Gandhar) - G - 1st hole covered, Re (Rishab) - R - 2 holes covered, Sa (Shadja) - S - 3 holes covered,
Ni (Nishad) - N - 4 holes covered, Dha(Dhaivat) - D - 5 holes covered, Pa (Pancham) - P - All 6 holes covered
To produce the higher notes, the exactly same Bansuri fingering techniques of producing the lower Flute notes is employed, the Bansuri player must tighten the lips so that the Bansuri hole through which the air flows becomes very small and this will increase the air, making it go faster and creating a high Flute pitch. Bansuri Indian flute can produce P D N of the lower octave on Flute, S R G M P D N of the middle octave on Flute and S R G M P of the higher octave on Flute easily. Indian music notation system is called Saregam or Sargam and the the first note (or the "home" note) on Bansuri Flute is considered to be 'Sa' (played with 3 holes covered on woodwind Bamboo flute Bansuri), 'Sa' is the home note because most compositions in Indian Hindustani Classical music begin and end on the note 'Sa'.
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