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dhatitdha

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Recently I deployed Merukhand generator utility on my website, please check and share your feedback

http://vishwamohini.com/music/merukhand-generator.php

What is Merukhand ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merukhand

http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/57975/9/09_chapter%204.pdf
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This is my just about my favorite thing ever, thanks!

The possibilities are a bit overwhelming though. I remember reading that Amir Khan went through all the paltas up to 7 notes, and read an interview with Nikhil Banerjee, where he said he practiced the permutations.

Is this something to do in a rag or in a generic scale like Yaman and Bhairav, or maybe Bhairavi? Those two scales cover most of the note combinations.
Anyone have any suggestions on what the most efficient way to practice these? Mavbe start with the 6 different permutations of the lower and upper tetrachord, and go from there? To figure out the paltas in every rag would take forever, and even practicing all 10 melas seems overkill, imagine applying this process to the 72 scales from Carnatic music... 
You probably would get tendonitis or carpal tunnel trying to go through them all

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Tomek Regulski

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Focusing on groups of 3 or 4 swaras is plenty for starters. Pick a raga and go sequentially up the scale:
SRG RSG SGR GSR RGS GRS
RGM GRM RMG MRG GMR MGR
GMP MGP etc

Do each group a few times on the frets and then through mir (assuming you are playing sitar).

You can also do groups of 3 or 4 without sequential notes i.e. SGP GSP etc., SMD MSD etc., etc. so the possibilities expand quickly.

Once you are comfortable singing/playing in straight rhythm i.e. each note the same length, start experimenting with making some shorter/longer and introducing a pause aka make it musical. 

If practicing a raga that has different aroh/avroh or uses different forms of the sawaras (i.e. Bihag), start by just using the aroh regardless of the motion you are taking. Once you are comfortable with that, you can think about how you might incorporate the other elements. 

For a raga you are studying in depth, systematically increase the size of the note groupings, but the above already makes for some heavy riyaaz. You can do this with any raga.

Hope this helps/makes sense!
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katyrow

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I'm not able to get the audio to work on my computer or my iPhone.  What am I doing wrong?
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dhatitdha

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@katyrow Please try Google Chrome on computer.
It may not work on iPhone.
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katyrow

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Switching to Chrome worked.  Thank you.  This was a great idea.  Will definitely be integrating it into my practice routine.  Much appreciated.
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jaysitar22

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Thanks for the practice suggestions!
Just an idea for the creator of this, it would be great if the user could input the aroha & and avaroha of a rag and get permutations that follow rag structure, if that is even possible.

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dhatitdha

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@Tomek Regulski it is good suggestion to add pause or gap in the combination. I have added option to add Gap in the group of Swaras to be used for Merukhand generation. Please check utility again and let me know your feedback. Please refresh page 1-2- times with Ctr+F5 to get latest code.

@jaysitar22 I have very limited knowledge about Raga, there is a utility called variations generator which you can use to create random combinations of given Raga Swara patterns. You need to understand Vishwamohini Script to use this utility effectively.

Help : http://vishwamohini.com/music/melody-generator-help.php

Utility : http://vishwamohini.com/music/variation-generator.php



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geezerjazz

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Quote:
Originally Posted by dhatitdha
@Tomek Regulski it is good suggestion to add pause or gap in the combination. I have added option to add Gap in the group of Swaras to be used for Merukhand generation. Please check utility again and let me know your feedback. Please refresh page 1-2- times with Ctr+F5 to get latest code.

@jaysitar22 I have very limited knowledge about Raga, there is a utility called variations generator which you can use to create random combinations of given Raga Swara patterns. You need to understand Vishwamohini Script to use this utility effectively.

Help : http://vishwamohini.com/music/melody-generator-help.php

Utility : http://vishwamohini.com/music/variation-generator.php






At the Dhrupad Days workshop last month, Umakant took us through merukand in the following order (to the best of my memory):

1) All contiguous 3-note combinations: SRG, RGM, GMP, etc.
2) Then we did 3-note combinations with gaps, increasing the gap by one note each time:
SRM, SRP, SRD, etc.
SGM, SGP, SGD, etc.
Etc...





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