How To Prepare For A Bansuri Lesson

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You don’t need anything for a bansuri lesson other than a good internet connection and an open mind. That being said, here are some ways to be super prepared…

If possible, you should have:

A Quality Bansuri:

Read through the Bansuri Buyer’s Guide to learn how to best choose and purchase your next bansuri.

A Decent Microphone:

Put some thought into your microphone system, which hopefully is better than your internal computer or phone mic (as those tend to be low quality).

I use the Apogee MiC-96K…the more modern version of it is the Apogee MiC Plus. It plugs in to iPhone, iPad or laptop/desktop.

A less expensive option is to buy headphones that have an in-built microphone, discussed below.

Headphones

Headphones serve three purposes:

(1) Ensure that the sound entering your ears is of higher quality than that which comes out of the very small and poorly made speaker system in-built in your phone, tablet or computer;

(2) Prevent echo from disturbing other listeners, as without headphones, our sound will go out your computer speakers and then back in through your microphone; and

(3) Many headphones contain an in-built mic, and it often sounds better than the mic in your phone, tablet or computer. It is also much closer to your mouth than your computer’s mic, which is a good thing, as mics work best between 3 to 4 inches from your mouth.

The Urbanears Sumpan are good low-cost headphones that have an acceptable mic built in.

Tanpura

Be prepared with a tanpura tuned to your Sa (which requires knowledge of what pitch your Sa is). Ideally, it is coming out of a speaker such as a Sony SRS XB-13, which will produce far more pleasing sound than the tiny speaker built into your phone.

A quiet room with no people or pets moving around your video screen

Pen (or pencil) and paper to write notes. Yes, actual pen and paper like they used in olden times! A notebook dedicated to music is best. Write the date of the lesson atop each page.

Respect For Other Students And The Instructor:

Keep yourself muted when you are not speaking/playing so nobody has to hear your background sounds.

Be still…or turn off your video camera if you are making significant amounts of motion.

Be on time, especially if it is a private lesson.

Proper Mindset:

Indian classical music is not easy. You will experience frustration at some point. Don’t fret. Just do your best to understand and remain open-minded.

Questions are good. Don’t assume everyone grasps everything but you. Everyone has questions, doubts and knowledge gaps. So ask your question when given the opportunity.

Play when given the chance. You can watch a thousand free hours of YouTube but YouTube won’t ever give you the chance to play and get feedback. The most rapid learning is when you play and your guru/instructor provides direct feedback. So when given the chance, play. No need to be shy. You aren’t expected to sound perfect.

Optimized Camera Angle:

Ideally, we can see your entire flute when you play, not just your face and shoulders. You may need to rotate the camera or your body to bring your entire flute into view.

Proper Zoom Audio Configurations:

This is so important I made a post all about it, be sure to read through it, so that when you play, your Original Sound is ON (Enabled). Otherwise, it is almost certain that Zoom will garble your bansuri sound.

Website visitors on indianflutemusic.com (the predecessor of this site) on November 18th, 2011.

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