Kapil Srivastava, the Raga Guitarist

“I wonder when plenty of guitarists say that they are not obsessed with scales but chords, I found a new world of infinite explorations in the scales; in fact I have found my world here through Ragas.

Raga is like a hundred times enhancement and improvisation of a scale and there are more than 10,000 ragas in Indian classical music, further having multiple compositions to be played on each raga. A scale never sounds boring, never remains confined and monotonous when allowed implementing ragas. And the surprising fact about Raga scales is the parent scales (known as Thaats), which are just 10 in numbers in the North Indian study of Classical Music. Here one can realize that how these 10 simple scales (Thaats) can be enhanced, improvised and applied in playing of thousands of Ragas and millions of compositions, with different moods and feelings, over the guitar.

Raga is one of the fruitful subjects I discovered that offers a new room and space for an Independent style of Music that can be played limitless on the Guitar.”

Person having some basic finger practice on Guitar can best adapt this Ragas style. Good command on leads is an added advantage to enrich style to this study. Since Indian Classical Music is totally an Independent style devoid of chord study, it can be studied if a person has basic scales knowledge and sufficient fingers dexterity.  Raga music is a soulful music and is regarded as the base of spiritual music journey.

This particular course has unlocked an infinite possibility of music, music platforms and music feel on the guitar

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Guitar Method and Curriculum books for beginners

Friends,

After a long research, I and my team created the ideal standard parameter to test and grow your guitar. It’s a four level program, specialized in plectrum guitar. It exposes you to lots of capabilities and challenges on same.

The other part is repertoire, which is a combination of both Indian and Western music. The series is also published by leading publisher Unicorn Books.

Some other curriculum relative to the program is published and distributed by Guitarmonk Publishing. Guitarmonk curriculum and Guitar Method is now being learnt in 10+ countries and expanding due to its technical competence. The USP of this method is that it is not just a tune book, but a complete scientific way of teaching a student comprising of various other technical development modules and teacher training for teachers, along with a dedicated guitarmonk’s system to support the registered student.

Regards.

Kapil Srivastava – Guitar Man of India

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One of India’s Prominent Guitarists – Kapil Srivastava, a leading name in India’s Guitar Culture a.k.a Guitar Man of Indiawinner of State Award in the year 2007 (New Delhi, India) and founder of Guitarmonk

Kapil is one of India’s leading solo & lead guitarist who made his first television debut as Guitarist in album titled ‘Lady Chatterjee’ for song ‘Pyar aur Dosti’. He also composed & performed a recent track in the Bollywood Movie – Dubai Returns (Starring Irfan Khan).  He has performed guitar with various record labels including Sa Re Ga Ma HMV, T-Series, Doordarshan, GM Records and has 3 solo music albums to his credits.

Authored 6 Guitar Books (under Creative and Unicorn Publishing) and have led more than 7000+ students worldwide in more than 8 countries via Guitarmonk.

Kapil Srivastava is also contributing socially via its music movement (as Guitarmonk Social) primarily for preservation of arts, music for health, music for poor). He executed more than 100 events in last few years on social causes.
Media – Spy Ghana News (Ghana), Broadway World (USA), Zee, 9x News, NDTV Good Times, 92.7 FM, Doordarshan, HT City, Radio & Music, Adgully, Rave International, City Cheers, CEO India, Afaqs, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, INN Today, Franchise India, Bengaluru Music News, Filmi Kaliyan etc.
Check out his guitar videos at online guitar channel GM Tune Time.

Guitar Tip – A quick note on Buying the Guitar

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Guitar is capable to produce diversified styles of music, unbound of territories and it has so many varieties. You want to play Ragas or Rock and you can play both in your guitar. As compared to any other instrument for example Sitar, Violin etc. where you can’t expect playing Pop or Rock or both Rhythms and Leads. Guitar gives you a many music tones, culture, varieties.

Irrespective of all varieties and guitar styles, the grammar of music and guitar remains same. For ex: you have variety of cars with special gears and features, but your driving remains common.

So My advise to you is to choose a basic standard 6 string acoustic guitar, a learning model, which can get you to develop your fingers first and make you learn it and play lots of music.

Don’t give money to retailers rather invest in your education – There are durable guitars starting Rs. 2500 to 1 lakh. But my point is that only your practice and talent can produce music and not how much you can invest on a guitar, or how much expensive guitar you hold. So when you enter a guitar shop, the retailers will jump upon you to sell the guitars with better margins or the brand that they are authorized to sell. For referenceFender Brand Retailers won’t sell Yamaha and vice versa so make sure you are not a victim. All these brands are good but they are too expensive at some models.

It’s always recommended beginning on an acoustic guitar rather electric. So get a durable standard acoustic guitar under 5k of budget. When I say 5k (It means it includes all accessories mentioned below). In most cases the learner’s choice of music is pop, rock, blues so beginning with standard guitar is always recommended. Don’t go for electric guitar, there is no point in it as you need to build your finger dexterity first so acoustic is your best workout and electric will just help you later to synthesize the sound, make your playing more easy and give you effects (if required) but it will be too expensive and un-required at start.

“My teacher used to say that if you start with acoustic then you can easily adapt and play electric (Electric magnifies your mistakes as well as qualities; In other words its like you switch from manual typewriter to electronic typewriter). Electric offer you speed, ease, comfort but if you start with electric you can’t adapt to Acoustic as you won’t have your muscles developed well”

But above all, my point is that you will love acoustic sound and which you will always miss in Electric. You want to relax with music, you want to take your guitar to picnics, you won’t find electric suitable anyhow rather you will miss Acoustic Sound a lot I speak from my experience.

3rd Type of Guitar – Nylon String Guitar is a different size guitar with wider neck is only recommended if a person is inclined to play western classical music.

Guitar Grammar remains same in all three basic types of guitar i.e. Standard Acoustic, Electric, Classical i.e. same notes, structure, same chords etc. but sound quality and music (repertoire) varies and thus each type has their beauty, technique and application choices. But my advise for you is to begin with Acoustic (Non-electric) always.

Keep in mind the following points if you don’t have a senior mentor to guide you while buying a guitar: –

Selecting Guitar Dealer – Select the merchant having with credibility and support. A dealer must have a good variety of guitars to offer you in terms of pricebrand and music style. Not imposing you the brand they sell (or are authorized dealer of). The dealer should give you choice to test guitars as per the comfort of the body and price. A dealer should also have the facility to service the instrument. Generally they offer free service for a minimum period of 6 months or more. 

Checking Your Guitar – Now please note that there is a great difference of check points as done by a mentor/guitarist in comparison to a guitar enthusiast. Let me tell you the fact,

Never bother the color (the 1st mistake of guitar enthusiast) – the more color polished it is, the lesser wood will resonate. These pink, black, blue colors are just fashion marketing stunt with less guitar tone and feel. So color has no connection to great sound. You are getting a good natural wood color guitar just go with it.

Size and accuracy of Guitar – Size of guitar should neither be too big and nor too small. The priority should be the ease of playing and comfort of the body posture. The other things are to look out for the tone quality,finishing, and to check the neck warpage. One must confirm that the neck is not warped. Each part of the guitar has a function and utility, so one should check that every part of the guitar is correct so that it can function rightly and in coordination with other parts.

Parts to check include – 1) Frets are not protruding, 2) Tuning Machines, 3) Action of Strings, 4) Strings and Body finishing, 5) Sound @ all frets, 6) Sound quality that includes – Buzzing at Bass strings. Just let your friend or mentor play and you enjoy and relate to the feel of it. It’s a great excitement and matter of joy for any Guitar Lover I speak from my experience.

Ok now if all is fine – Buy it or check other models. Select the best of all

Accessories: – The accessories must accompany a guitar and the most important accessory is the guitar bagor case to protect the instrument from dust, temperature, moisture, bumps and kicks. Plectrums of different material, sizes, shapes and thickness should also be bought. The other accessories involves: – An electronic Tuner, extra string set, pick holder, guitar belt, guitar stand, music stand. All these carry the utility.

Guitarmonk Retailer Help –

If you don’t have any mentor or friend to drive you, I recommend you to take Guitarmonk Guitar Doctor help so that you are not part of inferior practices by retailers and achieve a checked Guitar. Connect them atinfo@guitarmonk.com

AUTHOR – KAPIL SRIVASTAVA | COPYRIGHTED @ GUITARMONK