Sunday, 30 May 2010

Striking the right chord

How to decide which chord will fit where in the Song? Or, is there any rule for selecting the right chord for a particular part of the melody?

Answer is yes. You might have seen a number of people asking the chord progressions for their favourite songs on various music related forums. And for a musician, after some experimentations it is not difficult to find out which chord fits where into the song. But again, why only that chord is fitting to that part of the song and not the other one??

Here it takes some research.. Don't worry, I am going to keep it simple.

- Usually the right chord is the one which includes the note played on the main beat in that part of the melody..

So, for people who follow Hindustani notations.. The right chord is the one which usually is represented by the note played on 'sum' (as in 'Khali' and 'Sum'). 

So for example if you are playing  the DDLJ song Tuje dekha to yeh jana sanam..

For simplicity here we will consider just a part of the song.

The Song contains Sa; Re; Ga. (Komal); Ma; Pa;  Dha. (Komal); Ni. (Komal)

And following chords, 

1)     Cmin :Sa Ga.Pa      2) B flat Major : Ni.Re Ma   3) B flat Minor : Ni.RePa

Tujhe     dekha    to ye    jaana        sa   nam
Sa Sa    |Sa| Pa     Ma Pa     Ga.Ma    Dha.|Pa|
              1                 0                             2
             |Sa|Ga.Pa                       SaGa.|Pa| 
Pyaar      hota    hai   deewana         sanam
SaSa      |Sa|Pa   Ma    PaGa.Ma         Ga.|Re|
               3                     0                   4
             |Sa|Ga.Pa                       PaNi.|Re|
Ab       yahan     se     kahan     jaaye       hum
Sa       Re|Ni.|      Sa     Re Ni      Sa Ga.     |Re|
                5                    0                         6
          Pa|Ni.|Re                            MaNi.|Re|
Teri        baahon      mein     mar  jaaye     hum  ...
ReGa.     |Ma|  Ni.        Dha.     Pa   Ga.Ma |Pa|   Ga re Sa
                7                            0                8              0
             |Ma|Ni.Re                         SaGa.|Pa|

Isn't it simple??  

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

'Hindustani' Music : Indian Classical or Indian Jazz??

Some people confuse Indian Classical Music by comparing it with Western Classical Music. Infact they both belong to different genres. Indian Classical music relates more to western 'Jazz' music as it is an improvised (spontaniously rendered) music unlike western classical music which is usually precomposed music.

Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt playing Mohanveena with Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder

One of the famous examples of Jazz fusion is Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt and Rye Cooder's album 'Meeting by the River'. In this album both the slide guitar maestros improvise upon three songs and the first song starts with a faster tempo and the last one is a slower one, which sort of catches the flow of a river. This album won them the Grammy award for the best world music album.
Its a worth listening album for all the jazz and fusion music fans.