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Area of Study 4: Indian Raga: Rag Desh


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gharana
Indian system of master-pupil teaching
raga
improvised music in several contrasting sections, based on a series of notes from a particular rag
pentatonic scale
a scale built on five notes of the scale on the first, second, third, fifth and sixth degrees of the scale. In C major, these are C, D, E, G and A
rasa
mood created by the sounds of the pitches in a particular rag
bols
in a tala, these are the independent rhythm parts that go against the main beat of the cycle creating exciting syncopations
matras
individual beats in a rhythmic cycle
sam
the first beat of the rhythmic cycle
syncopations
notes accented off the beat. The weak part of the beat is often emphasised
teental (or tintal)
common 16-beat (4+4+4+4) rhythmic cycle
alap
the opening unmetred and improvised section of a raga
bandish
the last section of a vocal raga - a 'fixed composition' in the form of a song
gat
the final section of an instrumental raga - a 'fixed composition' with some improvised embellishments
jhalla
the third section of a raga - a lively tempo and virtuoso display of improvisatory skills. The climax of the whole piece
jhor
the second section of a raga - a medium tempo with improvisation
meend/mind
the sliding effects between notes
tan
the rapid scalic flourishes on the sitar/sarod or sarangai
timbre
particular tone colour of an instrument or voice
bansuri
Indian flute without keys
shehnai
a double reed Indian instrument, similar to the Western oboe