Concert Bansuri – G#
Concert G# Bansuri is a professional quality concert Bansuri. It is about 24″ long and much smaller than the concert E Bansuri. This makes it great for beginners.
Note: Color of thread binding may vary.
Concert G# Bansuri is a professional quality concert Bansuri. It is about 24″ long and much smaller than the concert E Bansuri. This makes it great for beginners. While the lessons on this site are recorded in the pitch E, starting some of the earlier lessons on G# bansuri can accelerate learning curve for some.
Longer the Bansuri, deeper is the pitch – this is matter of simple physics. In general, deeper the pitch, more suitable it is for classical music. The reason is simple. When we play long uniform notes in classical music, we don’t want the flute yelling and screaming. We want it to create a soothing sound.
Most professional Bansuri players today play Bansuri keyed to Tonic E or safed teen. Such Bansuri is about 30-32” in length and suits most adults. Children should start with suitable lengths of Bansuri. Even adults can start with smaller Bansuri such as G# or F# and then over period of time, move to bigger Bansuri.
The definition of the pitch of a Bansuri can be quite confusing to the beginners. Here’s an attempt to demystify it.
By convention, the tonic note or SA note of the Bansuri is considered to be the note played when upper three holes are closed and lower three are left open. It is, of course, possible to the octave from any hole, but usually bansuris are tuned to the convention mentioned above.
This sound of the SA, when matched to the standard Western keyboard will tell you the pitch of the Bansuri. For example, if the note with three holes open, three closed position, corresponds to the note produced by the white key after the two black keys on the keyboard, then the pitch is considered to be tonic E by western conventions.
The picture of keyboard above shows how notes are named by Western conventions. The black keys denote the so called sharp notes and are denoted by suffixing the main note with #.
Indian convention is to call a note safed (white) or kali (black). For example, Kali 4 or black 4 corresponds to G# and Safed 5 or white 5 corresponds to G (counting white keys from C).