Learn Carnatic Music Online – 1 on 1 Online Carnatic Music Class With Live of in sangathis(modifications) in krithis and in manodharma sangeetham (creative. I’m assuming you mean an app to learn Indian Classical Music ‘Vocals’. I’m currently working on an app for My dad’s platform-RaoVocals, so have been digging. There have been some discussions in other threads about what age one should start learning carnatic music, like this one.
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But, most unfortunately, since many centuries, our stalwarts have very conveniently ignored to standardise some very important aspects like Shrutis, Gamakas, Talas, Pedagogy etc. We should consider how we define “learning music. They will be able to learn anything with much less effort only if they are provided with the right environment.
Particularly, in respect of music, they do not know what they do not know and how to question.
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However, as you wrote, our teachers are already available everywhere to, somehow, encourage them and not to let them give up their hope. In the same manner, it is not that easy to manage with a minimum number of items, say four or five items only, in a 3-hour concert and it is very easy to manage with 20 or 30 items in such a concert with a little or no Ragalapana and Svarakalpana. Some people seem to entertain the idea and subscribe to it very strongly that once you get old, you can not learn CM.
Yes in some instances you may have to put in 10 times the effort that a child of six or seven puts in, but age is definitely not a barrier to learning. As we grow older it becomes more difficult to learn, mostly because of other preoccupations and preconditions.
I agree that there is no age limit for learning music. I had to discontinue my learning due to other reasons, not because I was old, after a few years. Such a person may just shine even at an old age.
You may be right in querying that adults can play as well as those who learn as children and, as a teaching musician you certainly have the overview and experience but let us encourage those who want to learn, even though we may tell them, as they say in English, “don’t give up the day job! The scope for people who learn this art is very limited.
The task of the lwarn as accompanist is one that I am absolutely in awe of. On the other end of the spectrum, kids can start learning music as soon as they can talk.
According to the ancient Shloka, in music, while Shruti is of the first preference of mother and the rhythm is of the second preference of father, naturally, mother is more important to the kid to survive. But, in our country, where most of the people are eager about their rights and demands only but not the duties and responsibilities and also in the absence of sangeethzm authorized training as a music-teacher many of the elders are resorting to teaching music increasing the impotents in music in our country.
More over, among all, this is the only invisible art on the globe requiring very high level of concentration and regular practice which are abundantly available only in the kids. But, in our music, the person who sings 20 to 30 items or even more in a 3-hour concert will only be honoured as a legend and praised.
So when people start making statements like you can’t learn after a certain stage, I only feel they don’t know what they are talking about. More over, nowadays, nobody tries to criticize the elders openly of their inefficiencies and become sangeetuam like me. We have to learn sangeethxm there and then,” sangeetjam, perhaps, even among professional musicians it is not unknown for someone not to know snageetham the different oscillations of all the different Ragas Even if you equip yourself to become a sangeettham and have great talent, to have a successful career in music you should have lot of luck.
Mostly the elders are well settled in their life and try to acquire some thing else in their leisure time for their enjoyment. Giving some time and effort to the relationship is a great way to do that. This can get controversial. In any University while all laern students are younger ones, surprisingly, only in the Department of Music, we can certainly find more elderly students than youngsters.
But, unfortunately, till now, none had uploaded even a single video. Every front ranking musician says that one life is not enough to master everything in this art.
In a recent concert review speech, mridangam vidwan Sri BK Chandramouli remarked that our first guru is so very important, when we are asked who our guru is, we should name them first, and so on. Having no other avocation, they can concentrate far more efficiently than adults and learn music very fast and efficiently, of course, basing upon the efficiency of the teacher.
Unfortunately, no kids before the age of 10 years are allowed saneetham any of the Govt. But of course, there are even profoundly deaf musicians, such as Evelyn Glenny, and many blind ones.
It is the harsh truth. Age to start learning carnatic music To ldarn and learn Indian classical music. It is an emotional topic since a lot of people who did not get a chance to learn music at a young age for various reasons believe or would like to believe that they can acquire reasonable competence and proficiency in carnatic music.
Music teachers should encourage learning rather than discourage people. For the average person, it is sanveetham easier to learn music when sanegetham are young and are provided with the right environment. I to agree that there are many complexities in both the systems of music. But, it is entirely different with music and it is very difficult to find even a single person on the globe who is sangeetnam interested in learning music.
My gripe is with stage performance As Music is a part of Saamaveda which has to be learnt from the early years of age and at the early hours of the day the music should also be learnt in the same manner.
Leave alone the luck to leran a professional artist but how many are ready enough to go through the hardship of vigorous and regular practice.
Having recently listened to the successful-mini-music-concert of one of my disciple-kids, a sangetham at his age of 40 approached me to teach her daughter of 11 years age, who has been learning Gitas only since last three years, and I agreed.
Frankly, it was lack of discipline which stood in my way more than age and I lacked it at 14 too, I’m afraid.
He asked me a simple question. All your points are well taken and are very valuable observations, but why the first para in a negative way.
I would like to also add that as we become older, we get a better grip of our own taste in music, sangeethm will gravitate towards music and musicians whom we truly like. Are you imagining this, due to some possible insecurities you might be feeling?
It is simply stunning.