Carnatic Guitar

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About the Course

Carnatic music has been infused with rich and harmonious notes. The genre has recently transformed in the use of musical instrumentation, evolving from sitar and veena to Western instruments like guitar, saxophone, and mandolin. In fact, the Carnatic guitar was first introduced by Sukumar Prasad in the seventies. Ever since, the instrument has been pivotal in bringing Indian classical music to the mainstream.

The guitar is one of the most favoured instruments among all ages, typically preferred in a solo stage performance or a friendly jam session. At BMusician, you can learn to play the instrument from some of the best teachers in the industry. From understanding the basics of the strings instrument to rendering a beautiful classical piece, our guitar classes cover it all. The beginner Carnatic guitar lessons will teach you the basics, and with the help of session recordings and individual classes, you can make progress to the advanced levels in no time.

Experience the richness of our Indian classical music and learn to play it on the guitar. Join our Carnatic guitar lessons online and master the instrument at your own pace.

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Super-Advanced

Overview

In this course, students will be exposed to the fundamentals of Carnatic music and Guitar fingering techniques. On the completion of this course, students will be ready to play simple carnatic songs (Krithis) on the guitar. This course would give the students a great head start on the techniques of playing the Indian Carnatic Music on a modern western instrument thereby making the course unique.

Course Goals

The following will be covered in this course: Basics of Music, Basics of Carnatic Music, Music theory and fundamentals of guitar, Varisaigal, Alankarams, Geetham and Swarajathi, Basic Carnatic Krithis. Students will be able to play simple Carnatic music songs on the completion of this course.

Prerequisites

Students who are new to any form of music, New to Carnatic music, New to guitar, People who have learnt other forms of guitar.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Carnatic music and Music theory
    Difficulty: Easy
    Duration: 1 hour

      A brief introduction to Carnatic music, Indian Carnatic Raaga and Thala system.
  • Varisaigal
    Difficulty: Easy
    Duration: 10 hours

      Lessons that teach the fundamental ascending and descending melody sequences. This module also includes Aakaram training.
  • Alankaram
    Difficulty: Medium
    Duration: 8 hours

      Alakarams are lessons composed in a variety of thalams that focuses on improving the rhythm aspects of the student. It involves singing/playing the notes in different speeds.
  • Geetham and Swarajathi
    Difficulty: Medium
    Duration: 10 hours

      These simple lessons give the students a great exercise on combining the melody, notes, and the thala.
  • Simple Krithis
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 10 hours

      Basic Carnatic songs with a focus on improving the melody aspects of singing/playing.
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Overview

This course is focussed on improving the fingering techniques and the Carnatic music depth of the student. This is achieved by teaching the students Aadhi thala and Ata thala varnams in different speeds and Intermediate level Krithis. On completion of this course, the students will be able tohandle the instrument with a higher level of confidence and will be ready to play intermediate level Krithis (Carnatic songs) on the guitar.

Prerequisites

Students who have learnt Carnatic Guitar upto Geetham level and above.

Syllabus

  • Intermediate Level Theory
    Difficulty: Medium
    Duration: 1 hour

      An introduction to imporant concepts that are mandatory to understand before going into intermediate lessons.
  • Aadhi Thala Varnams
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 30 hours

    A minimum of 8 Aadhi thala varnams. This module also include Voice/Fingering training in different raagams.
  • Ata Thala Varnams
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 15 hours

      Any one Ata Thala varnam.
  • Intermediate Level Krithis
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 25 hours

      A minimum of 5 intermediate level krithis composed by Trinities.
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Overview

This course provides in depth Carnatic Guitar training that includes playing complex varnams in different speeds, advanced level krithis (including 1 Pancharathna Krithi) and techniques to achieve dexterity over guitar. This course also focuses on Kalpana swara training and Raaga Aalapana training. On completion of this course, students will be able to handle the Guitar with great ease and will be ready to play complex Carnatic music krithis with simple kalpana swaras and raga aalapanas.

Prerequisites

Students who have learnt Carnatic Guitar up to varnam level and above.

Syllabus

  • Advanced level Theory
    Difficulty: Medium
    Duration: 2 hours

    An introduction to important concepts that are mandatory to understand before going into advanced lessons.
  • Advanced Varnams
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 50 hours

    A minimum of 10 aadhi thala and 5 ata thala varnams in atleast 2 degree speeds with Thisram. This module also include Voice/Fingering training in different raagams.
  • Advanced Krithis
    Difficulty: Hard
    Duration: 50 hours

    A minimum of 10 vilamba kaala (Slow Speed) and Dhuritha Kaala (Fast Speed) advanced krithis.
  • Pancharathna Krithis
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 50 hours

    Any two Pancharathna krithis.
  • Basic Raaga Aalapana and Swara Kalpana training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 40 hours

    Lessons to train the students in simple Raaga Alapana and kalpana swara techniques.
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Overview

This course focuses on transforming a student into a complete Carnatic musician by training the student in various aspects of mano dharma. This course provides rigorous training on the nuances of Carnatic music like elaborated raga alapanas, Swara kalpana and neraval training. This course also provides concert training and raagam thanam pallavi training. On completion of this course, the student will be a complete Carnatic Guitarist, well equipped to perform full time music concerts and achieve his/her musical ambitions.

Prerequisites

Students who have learnt advanced Carnatic Guitar and passionate to take their skills to a professional level.

Syllabus

  • Super Advanced theory
    Difficulty: Medium
    Duration: 2 hours

    An introduction to important concepts that are mandatory to understand before going into super advanced level lessons.
  • Raaga Aalapana and Swara Kalpana Training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 30 hours

    Lessons to train the students in Raaga Alapana and kalpana swara rendition techniques in a variety of Raagams and Thalams.
  • Super Advanced Level Krithis
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 30 hours

    A minimum of 10 vilamba kaala (Slow Speed) and Dhuritha Kaala (Fast Speed) super advanced leve krithis.
  • Neraval Training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 30 hours

    Lessons to train the students in Neraval rendition techniques in a variety of Raagams and Thalams.
  • Raagam Thanam Pallavi training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 50 hours

    Lessons to train the students in RTP composition and rendition techniques in a variety of Raagams and Thalams.
  • Jaavali, Thillana and thukkada training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 50 hours

    Interesting Jaavalis,Thillanas and Thukdas composed by legends.
  • Concert Training
    Difficulty: Professional
    Duration: 20 hours

    Lessons to polish the different aspects of the rendition and improve the overall concert presentation skills of the students.
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Our Gurus

Our faculty members are more than just mere trainers. With their abundance of knowledge and experience, they act as a beam of light, nurturing young talents in their musical journeys through personalized music lessons online.

Student Testimonials

Our students’ testimonials and feedback reflect the unwavering commitment of the trainers and musical gurus to excellence. Their experience attests to the transformative potential of BMusician’s online musical classes and quality education.

The teachers here are extremely talented and the way of teaching is exceptionally good. Also the 1 on 1 classes help to improve learning pace and reduces the mistakes while learning. Also I am getting a lot of time to practice what is taught in a class. I would like to thank my guru , Abhishek sir for being so kind and guiding me through the challenges. All in all I think this is a one stop solution for all the music learners to learn the best in different geners.

Suhas Ramesh Naga

Abishek Varadarajan

Great Guru, thoroughly enjoyed learning the lessons from him. He is very knowledgeable and very patient in teaching and does not rush up which is very helpful for slow learners like me.

Anantharamakrishnan Jayaram

Guitar Shylu Ravindran

Excellent Guru, Has lot of patience and teaches very well. He understands the student very well and he phases the class very well without making the class boring or making the student tired. His fingering exercises are really good, he makes them very easy to understand. Very few has such talents and he is definitely one of them. Fortunate to have a Guru like him.

Anantharamakrishnan Jayaram

Guitar Shylu Ravindran

Frequently Asked Questions

The system has an in-built video call classroom that works on the all major browsers. All you need is a laptop/desktop with camera and microphone attached and any one of the above mentioned browsers installed.

If you wish you take the classes on your phone, you can use the Bmusician app. Bmusician App is available both on Android and iOS.

There are basically two ways to get started with the classes. Live 1-to-1 or a Shared Slot. In case of LIVE 1-to-1, you can click the Enrol button below, tell us your time preferences i.e. when you will be free to take up the classes. We will allocate you a Teacher and Timeslot based on your preferences.

For Shared slots, you can click on the Teachers tab above, click the instructor you are interested in and select a timeslot that suits you and complete enrollment.

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