Karnatic Rhythm Teacher Online
1-on-1 Online Lessons
Welcome to Karnatic Rhythm Online Lessons!
Teacher: Jaume Darbra
In these comprehensive lessons, we will dive into the fascinating world of Karnatic (also known as Carnatic) rhythm, exploring its rich history, intricate patterns, and rhythmic complexities. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, this course will provide you with a solid foundation in Karnatic rhythms and equip you with the necessary skills to enhance your musical expression.
Karnatic music is the classical music of South India. This rhythmical system is much more complex than Western Music but, in addition, has very clear and practical teaching and exercise methods.
Over a series of lessons, we will cover some of the most practical elements, which will help in complex rhythmical music (contemporary classical music, folk music from the Balkans and Africa, electronic music, math metal, etc.)
Subdivisions: Quintuplets, Septuplets, Groups of 9 11 13 notes
Meters: 8/16, 30/8
… and much more!
The goal is to provide rhythmical tools that will make music and rhythmical complexity sound really easy.
These techniques that I will be demonstrating have been developed by Dr. Rafael Reina, who, after years of deep research of all aspects of Karnatic music, released a book - "Applying Karnatic Rhythmical Techniques to Western Music," published by Ashgate. Our Carnatic Rhythm Teacher, Jaume Darbra, studied this material with Dr. Rafael Reina at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) and moved to Amsterdam to continue studying the program Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Understand the Basics: We will start by familiarizing ourselves with the fundamental concepts of Karnatic rhythms, including tala (rhythmic cycles), anga (rhythmic units), and eduppu (starting point). You will learn to identify different talas and their subdivisions, enabling you to grasp the rhythmic structure of Karnatic music.
Explore Rhythmic Patterns: Building upon the basics, we will delve into various rhythmic patterns prevalent in Karnatic music, such as korvai, mohara, and nadai. Through interactive exercises and demonstrations, you will develop proficiency in recognizing and executing these patterns, enhancing your rhythmic improvisation skills.
Master Konnakol: Konnakol, the art of vocalizing rhythmic patterns, is an integral part of Karnatic music. We will dedicate a significant portion of the course to mastering this technique. You will learn syllables, phrases, and rhythmic solfège to effectively communicate and reproduce intricate rhythmic compositions.
Study Compositions: We will analyze and learn traditional Karnatic rhythmic compositions (pallavi, anupallavi, charanam), unraveling their unique rhythmic structures. By studying compositions from different composers and genres, you will develop a deeper understanding of the rhythmic intricacies in Karnatic music.
Develop Improvisation Skills: Improvisation is a vital aspect of Karnatic music. Throughout the course of the lessons, we will focus on developing your improvisation skills within the framework of Karnatic rhythms. You will learn techniques for improvising rhythmic patterns and exploring rhythmic variations.
Duration and Format:
The Karnatic Rhythm Online Lessons will be divided into modules, as shown above, with each module focusing on specific aspects of Karnatic rhythms. The course is self-paced, allowing you to study at your own convenience.
No prior knowledge of Karnatic Rhythm is required to enroll in this course. However, a basic understanding of music theory and the ability to read musical notation will be beneficial.
Join us on this captivating journey into the world of Karnatic rhythm and unlock new dimensions of rhythmic expression in your musical endeavors!
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Jaume Darbra, Your Karnatic Rhythm Teacher
Jaume Darbra (*1993 in Linyola, Spain) is dedicated to contemporary music. He has worked closely with composers of his generation and renewed composers such as Enno Poppe, Richard Barret, Brian Ferneyhough, and the guru B.C. Manjunath. His passion for complex rhythms helped him to play with jazz/modern bands, and he has worked with several contemporary music ensembles, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, among others.
Master’s Degree in Live Electronics specializing in Contemporary Music Through Non-Western Techniques from Conservatorium van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Postgraduate in Contemporary Music Through Non-Western Techniques from ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Cataluna), Spain.
Karnatic Rhythm Teacher