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Western Staff Notation Part 1

by Ashwin Batish


In all our works at the Batish Institute, we stress educating yourself on the basics of Western staff notation. The reason is twofold. First, It is a great tool for disseminating musical information (and we can all benefit from that). Second, It makes our (Batish) musical works comprehensible by a large majority of Western musicians that have for many years been in the dark about Indian music. To see Indian music in a recognizable format has helped many of our students grapple with, and come to terms with raga compositions.

In this first article, I will try to give you an overview of this wonderful system of notation. In upcoming lessons, I will elaborate on the more complex areas of staff notation. But to learn Indian music via staff, you really need only a basic understanding, and this is really the goal of these articles in RagaNet. For anyone interested in becoming an expert in this field, I suggest you buy good primer on this subject. Also, take some lessons with a Western music teacher. Use your favorite Indian instrument or just a simple keyboard.

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