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Carnatic
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Preface

Introduction

Swaras and Swarasthanas

Ragas

The Melakarta Scheme

Janya Ragas

Taalam

Grahabedam and Symmetries

Culture
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INTRODUCTION

At first glance, a keyboard is simply an assortment of black and white keys of two different lengths, usually the black keys being the short ones. A closer examination shows a pattern of keys repeating a few times to produce the full keyboard. The repeating pattern is shown in the following figure. Many keyboards indicate the location of the 'C' key as shown in the figure. In any case, a C key can be identified as the white (or long) key immediately to the left of a group of two black keys or the first key in the above figure. 

Evidently, there is more than one C key (perhaps 4 or even more) on the keyboard. The C key is so called due to the notation used in western music for the notes. The successive white keys to the right of C are labeled D, E, F, G, A and B. As a first example of harmony, play a C key and the next C key simultaneously and listen carefully (It is assumed here that the keyboard is polyphonic i.e., has the ability to produce more than one tone at a time. Many inexpensive of keyboards .

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