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Music Theory Master Guitar Workshop

Music Theory Master Guitar Workshop

Guitarist India – Kapil Srivastava | kapil@guitarmonk.com

Music Theory Master Guitar Workshop

Many students are enthusiastic about learning the ropes of guitar playing and yet do not seem to truly see the importance of music theory for a beginner. In fact, students even try to avoid the topic on music theory and just want to skip that part of lesson. Yes, it’s true that many famous musicians may not even know how to read notes, but it is just one exemption from the rule.

Music Theory is the basic foundation of musicianship. Components such as note, chord, scale, mode etc. are parts of the structure of a composition. In order for musicians to communicate their music to other musicians, they will have to use a common language, and that is the Music Theory.

It is the standardized form or structure of an arrangement or a musical performance. Without it performers may not see eye to eye on how a work of music will have to be interpreted or performed. A formal training gained by an in depth study of music theories will enable a guitar player to go beyond just playing the notes. He can share the notes and be understood by other musicians without having to go through laborious process of showing actual placement of fingers in the guitar in order to play a chord. Also, from the basic knowledge in composition, one can create more elaborate melodies and express the musical ideas using different voices and instruments.

“Performers must understand the structure of every piece they perform and this is impossible without a solid music theory background.” says Kapil. It is a scientific way of understanding music and expressing the minute aspects of it. It is a method to engineer the song and compile it into a beauty whenever and however you want.

A lecture demonstration at Gurgaon Guitar School for senior students of music as a  one – session master workshop on music theory was conducted recently by Guitarmonk Master Guitarist, Kapil Srivastava.

Kapil conducts ‘master music theory session’ for music aspirants. The workshop covers the important terminologies, concepts and aspects of music theory valid for all instruments as a separate master class. The objective is to develop a strong foundation of basics and clear doubts that usually arise among students of  music.

To conduct similar master guitar workshops at your place or attend it at our centers email at info@guitarmonk.com

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Events & Moments

 

How to be a Music Performer

how to be a music composer

How to be a Music Performer

Master Guitarist, Kapil Srivastava conducted another highly informative lecture-demo on how he became a music performer and how others can achieve a similar success. Corporate individuals and Guitarmonk students were the eager participants. Kapil gave live demonstrations on typical music performance styles and gave several performance case studies to analyze and discuss with the attendees. He reiterated the benefits of focusing one’s music learning to a performance-based mode of learning rather than the plain information or simple activity- based learning. The significance of various components with regards to the type of performances, the psychological and physiological advantage that can be gained from a performance-based task were also tackled, and questions from the participating group were also addressed for clarification. The overall impact of the lecture-demonstration approach in music revealed that most students who gained performance-oriented music appreciation get to deepen their familiarity and enhance their knowledge of music and promote a higher standard of performance that can lead to a more meaningful and inspiring experience.

Educational theorist, James Mursell‘s philosophy states that, “The student conceives of his job as a process of growth. He may, it is true, from time to time concentrate on fragments, even on very small fragments. But this is always in the light of the whole, and as part of the job of evolving a clear, articulate, intelligible pattern. What he is doing is to transform something vague, indefinite, and therefore imperfect into something specific, definite and controlled… What mastering the composition really comes to is getting its essential meanings into his fingers, his mind, and his feelings. (Mursell, 1948, p.50).

And as he refers to music reading, he says: “Long before a child begins to study these symbols, his musical responsiveness should have gone through a considerable development. The melodic and rhythmic components of music and its distinctive and what mood values should have come to mean something to him. Then as he begins to be able to see what he hears and what he responds to, the symbols themselves are learned in terms of meanings that are actualities in his experience, and the learning of them further refines and clarifies musical responsiveness. (Mursell, 1948, p.52).

And, with this, Kapil Guitarist values a good system of pedagogy that revolves around guitar and music teaching. His solid teaching practice and experience in Guitarmonk vow to help his students have better outcomes with the guitar.  For him, it’s not just about teaching them the standards, outcomes or benchmarks nor why as well as how to be a music performer. It’s all about creating good and lasting memories and experience through music performance with guitar that will motivate the students to learn more.

To get the line on the art of guitar and to know how to become a music performer or to conduct music lecture demonstrations at your schook, inquire at info@guitarmonk.com

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Workshops

 

Best time to start learning guitar

Best time to start learning guitar

MYTH

Eager and excited parents often perceive that taking guitar lessons the earliest time for their kids will always give them the edge and that they will pick up the lessons immediately. This “the sooner, the better” attitude of parents that I’m afraid doesn’t have a bearing at all when it comes to guitar playing, as it may backfire and the child may develop negative impressions towards guitar lessons early in life.

FACTORS THAT MAY AFFECT GUITAR LEARNING OF CHILDREN

  1. Age of the child
  2. Height and size of the child
  3. Fine motor skills and hand strength
  4. Commitment to learning or practice
  5. Size of the guitar
  6. Teaching Approach

FACT

Teaching children younger than 8 years old will require more supervision, motivation and a challenging teaching process due to insufficient commitment, dexterity or coordination, ability to handle the physicality of the guitar and underdeveloped sense of musicality.

Kids learning to play the guitar must be able to hold the guitar properly and maintain correct posture with the left hand and fingers before they can successfully play guitar notes and chords. The size of the guitar should be considered along with the size of the young student, as the typical guitar will be too bulky and more difficult for the child to wrap arms with and even will be difficult to press down the strings on a long fretboard. Child-sized guitars (like Fender Squier Mini, Yamaha, Baby Taylor or the child sized SX) are available and will be more comfortable and beneficial for the young guitarists. You may inquire at your local store for other variations.

A child’s readiness for training is a big deal. It is also the key to the young learner’s commitment to practice. It would be wise to wait until the child is old enough to be aware of what he’s getting into as he develops his own musical sense and able to make his own choices. Young students may also be exposed with other musical  instruments such as shakers or bells, and even best with the piano. Such exposure to other musical tools is a good headstart especially that the young future guitarists will also have to deal with music theories and music sheets for the guitar. The young learners guitar lessons should be motivating and inspiring to them, or else they will end up boring and taxing for.

SOLUTIONS: 

  1. 5 to 7 years children can start guitar via small, light, thin or mini guitars suitable for their body size.
  2. Strings muscle pressure due to steel strings can be substituted with low tension nylon strings.
  3. We should be a little easy with younger kids. If teens and adults can finish 2 modules in 40 hours. We should expect at least 1 module covered for students who are less than 10 years old, with lessons in a span of 40 hours. We shouldn’t be very strict or rigid to the young learners as they are still adjusting and needs time to be more focused and engaged.

CONCLUSION: 

We should always motivate parents to make their child learn guitar, whether it’s a child who is 5 years of age or a bit older. But they must bear in mind that they are still kids after all. The practice they do on guitar is going to help them prepare for a more complex trainings in the future. It will always be best to stimulate first their children’s curiosity in music and support the growing quest for enhancement and knowledge and wait for the resulting creativity and passion when the child has finally come at the right age to pursue his musical aspiration and be committed to it.

Always remember that music is something to enjoy, have fun with and to love. Let us not pressure the kids to get into music when they are not yet prepared for it. We all have our own pace and our own ways of learning. Let the kids enjoy their own musical journey and in time, they will show us all what they have made of it.

Here’s a guide to help parents choose the right size of guitar for their young musicians. 

Age Guitar Size
5-8 1/2 size
8-12 3/4 size
12-Adult 4/4 Full size

To know more or to take any assistance pertaining to guitar learning, email at info@guitarmonk.com

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Guitar Counseling & Articles

 

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Light Decoration at Shipra Mall, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad

Friends,

I gave a visit to Shipra Mall, one of the beautiful Malls of Delhi-NCR, to meet one of my oldest friends in Indirapuram. I was coming from Gurgaon, which was too arduous for me to gave 2 hours and visit this other side of Delhi-NCR. And I should say that I am happy to see the space and beauty of this mall as compared to all other malls in Delhi-NCR. I can say that it can be one of the top 3 malls to visit.

I also found this two light decoration at the entrance of its two gates. I clicked both of them with mobile. I will share you more pictures of this mall in coming blogs.

So if anytime you get the chance to visit east side of Delhi, you can visit here and can spend good time for hours at Shipra Mall in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad.

Regards

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in My Delhi

 

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My father’s special Mathi and Besan ki Barfi

Friends,

Every year my father loves to be in Kitchen and make his two most delicious recipes as Mathi, and Besan ki Barfi during Diwali.  One is a namkeen while other is a sweet.

This Diwali he also takes out his time and solely prepares both of them. I love them both, primarily the first one and wish to learn this talent and apply it. Here is a mobile shot of both food by my father.

Diwali Food Mathi & Besan Ki Barfi

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in I'm a Foodie

 

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Magic of Guitar Rhythms – Master Guitar Workshop Nirman Vihar, Delhi

Guitar Workshop Nirman Vihar

It was one of the Sunday morning and as usual I slept at 6 am and woke up after 2.30 hours to be ready for this master guitar workshop in Nirman Vihar, Delhi.

I started from home taking 1 hour as grace time but faced with unexpected traffic jams and festival gatherings. As soon as I reached the Nirman Vihar side, there was a great rush at Jain Mandir (some huge gathering was there in Jain Temple with hundreds of cars being parked there)  I realized that  I cannot park my car here and decided to park it 500 meters away from my centre to the nearest V3s mall. It took approximately half hour extra in all this stuff to reach back the centre.

Considering lots of traffic, lack of sleep, I started getting a feeling of sense of misery and seeing it as one of those days which I would have loved to sacrifice, no matter what, for having to relax, take a long shower, eating my favorite breakfast. But somehow I have always known and respected my commitment despite all these dreams. There is nothing harm in dreaming :-) and I am just going to be free in 2 hours, I said myself.

I reached the centre and started moving towards my classroom at 1st floor being able to hear as 10 guitars playing collective rhythms on certain chords. The sound and impact was inexpressible and you could hear it on the whole big 2000 sq yard floor. The whole energy field changed for me as soon as I was at 1st floor. It is same as we used to hear the ancient stories of a disciplined sage, who is able to change all negative intents of visitors into positive feelings as soon as one moves inside their school.

As a guitarist, I regained my powers and received a lot of positive life energy coming to me.  It was a feeling of that spiritual ritual and mental preparation before going to a battle. I entered the classroom, welcomed by all those passionate guitar lovers and players and there was no yesterday or last moment.

This is one of my real-time life experiences out of many where in the magic of guitar rhythms acted as a physical therapy in my life. I discuss all these experiences with my students always where guitar helped me overcoming back pain, insomnia, balance lot of work-pressure and the impact of Ragas on Guitar on my life.

I always suggest all my guitar students that whenever something is going bad in your life (be it psychological or physical), just pick your guitar and be it and it will do the rest to balance life.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Workshops

 

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The Radiance of Rajasthan, India

The Radiance of Rajasthan

India, being the seventh-largest country in the world is a highly diversified nation with 29 states and 22 official languages spoken across the homeland and with Jaipur as the capital city. Each state is like a new country as it has its own languages or dialects, specific culture, music, garment ensemble, colorful arts, festivals and many other specialties. It has a multi-ethnic, pluralistic community. A cornucopia of culture and traditions. This diversity has made India more appealing and  famous among tourists.

Rajasthan or “the land of kings,” with its vibrant culture and exquisite heritage is one majestic place to be when you’re in India. I find this place a totally unique world of its own. Despite the crazy fad of the modern era, the people of Rajasthan still don their stylish traditional garbs with much pride and  continue to adapt and maintain their traditional lifeways to thrive in the present times.

The Rajasthani society is an interweave of predominantly Hindus and sizable minorities of Jains and Muslims and yet regardless of their religious differences, Jain, Muslim and Hindu Rajasthanis mingle socially with each other.  The costumes of Rajasthani people are very vibrant and colorful. Men traditionally wear kurta, dotis or chudidar payjama and paggar or safa (kind of turban headgear).  While women wear the kanchli or kurti (top) and the ghagra (long skirt). Their clothing varies as dependent on the weather and climate in the region. They are also big fans of ornaments, gems, golds and silver ornaments are reflection of their status in the society as well.

Rajasthani Music involves the major schools of music in Udaipur, Jaipur and Jodhpur and has high reverence for rare ragas. Jaipur Gharana has complex and buoyant melodic rhythm, which is its most distinguishing feature. Singer Alladiya Khan was one of Rajasthan’s pride during the late 19th and early 20th century.

As to culinary expertise, each state of Rajasthan have their own style of recipes and each Rajput household have their own prized recipes that were passed on by their ancestors from generation to generation and in connection to their geographical location in the region. High protein and low-fat diet usually consists Rajasthani diet except for the Marwari cuisine, which is highly rich in its contents. You can expect a rich cuisine for both vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Distinct aroma and flavor are very evident and is achieved by blending various spices such as tamarind, coriander, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, cumin etc.

I was able to try Rajasthan’s famous dish, called “Dal-Baati-Churma”. It is a little bread with lots of clarified butter and roasted over hot coals then served with a dry, flaky sweet made of gram flour,  along with desert fruits and beans for Ker-Songri.

Rajasthan, is on the western side and is India’s largest state by area. The climate here is so unique that at one end there’s a desert and at the other end it could be very chilly. It actually has a tropical desert climate and can be extremely cold from October to February while it can be very hot from March to September, where dust storms and hot winds can occur in the desert tract.

The Radiance of Rajasthan is not just an eye candy but it also offers the rich and magnificent history and culture of India in a fascinating light. It truly deserves to be called, “The Land of Kings.”

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in My Trips

 

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