Yaman is one of India’s most popular ragas, and for good reason. But without guidance, it is unlikely you will understand Yaman.
Yaman is an evening melody that is especially popular with flute players due to its relatively easy fingering (i.e. no partially closed holes). While the fingering may be easy, Yaman is a fairly complex raga, with a variety of rules that must be adhered to, and thus it does take quite a while to become adept at. So let’s get started!
Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger in Hyderabad with two amazing (Saawan Kakkeri and Murali Dhar) and their tabla students. January 2019
First Things First...
The first thing we need to know about any raga is its scale. You must memorize the scale, and practice it over and over and over. Yaman is best learned AFTER you have spent time learning the Kalyan scale, as Yaman’s scale is derived from Kalyan.
The scale of Yaman is:
NRGMDNS – Arohi (Ascending Scale)
SNDPMGRS – Avarohi (Descending Scale)
– Low Ni, Shuddh Re, Shuddh Ga, Teevra Ma, Shuddh Dha, Shuddh Ni, High Sa
– High Sa, Shuddh Ni, Shuddh Dha, Pa, Teevra Ma, Shuddh Ga, Shuddh Re, Sa
This webpage was created to help musicians of all backgrounds learn Yaman. The materials on this page are applicable whether you are a bansuri player, a vocalist, or an instrumentalist playing any type of instrument that can produce notes of the chromatic scale (i.e. most instruments!).
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Yaman - Introductory Scale Exercises
In this video tutorial, Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger teaches two important Yaman scale exercises. The video was recorded on an F flute (+8 cents) in Manassas, Virginia on August 16th, 2019.
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Bansuri Lesson In Raag Yaman from Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao
In this flute lesson, Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger teaches an important Yaman scale exercise that he learned from his guru, bansuri master Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. This exercises will help you understand the structure of Yaman, which is one of the most commonly heard ragas from northern India. Dr. Kriger’s bamboo flute is at F flute (+8 cents) and the video was recorded in Manassas, Virginia on August 16th, 2019.
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Dr. Kerry Kriger Teaches Yaman in Rio de Janeiro
Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger teaches a composition in raag Yaman that he learned from Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao in August 2007.
You can (and should) download the written notation further down this page.
While the composition is intended for Ati Drut (very fast speed), it can be played at whatever speed you are comfortable with…and here we play it in a not very fast teental (154 beats per minute). Sa is set at F. Here’s the video…
“In January 2020 I had a great time teaching Yaman to six bansuri students in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I recorded the entire lesson and published it for your bansuri learning pleasure. The lesson is two hours long. If you take the time to listen to it, think about it, and practice it, I absolutely guarantee you will have a solid understanding of Yaman and will be a much better bansuri player.”
Real Bansuri Lessons...
Download This Yaman PDF
Bansuri Bliss Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger prepared four pages of written music to ensure you understand the fundamentals of Yaman, and so that you can play a composition he learned from his guru, Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. Dr. Kriger also prepared taans and gamak practice…and it is all included in the PDF below.
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Yaman Questions Answered
Q: “Hello, In Yaman, one should avoid SR or NR?”
— Antonio A., Bansuri Bliss Member, Chile
A: “Hi Antonio.
Play NR. Never play SR. You can play NS but must descend afterwards.
Play MD. Never play PD. You can play MP but must descend afterwards.”
Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao
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