South Indian Classical music for Suzuki violin.


Sue Irvine said: Nov 15, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Charlottetown, PE
2 posts

I have a 6 year old student, just starting the G+ section of book 1. Her family are from South India, and are anxious for her to play music from her country. She has an excellent ear. Does anyone have any music transcribed that would help me? She has done some work on her own on the Indian National Anthem.

Ruth Brons said: Nov 17, 2010
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

Recently, when I was in the local violin shop, we researched the tuning for Karnatic violin,
for a youngster who was about to start lessons.
The tuning of the violin is as follows: tonic, dominant, tonic (octave higher) and dominant (octave higher),
from the fourth to the first string respectively, the tonic being variable.

The book Indian Melodies (for Violin). By Various. Arranged by Candida Connolly. Schott. Softcover with CD. 64 pages. Schott Music #ED12732. Published by Schott Music (HL.49012933)., may be a good source, and the link lets you “peek inside” a bit.
It seems to be available here:

Jennifer Visick said: Nov 17, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

For alternative tunings to the western classical GDAE, it’s probably a good idea to get a second instrument, especially if the student will be frequently and permanently using both tunings to learn.

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