Tongue Trainer 2 (konnakkol)


Last year I became interested in Carnatic music, especially in Carnatic rhythm and konnakkol. In this category I will post some transcriptions of exercises and little solos that the incredible musician B.C. Manjunath shares on his Facebook profile. I’m not an expert of Carnatic music, so some of the explanations could be wrong. I will just share some transcriptions that I made for my own personal practice.

This exercise is an adaptation of another. I did an adaptation myself from Adi Tala (8/4) to Kadamba Tala (6/4) in order to practice this other exercise in Tisra.

Tala (cycle/bar): Kadamba Tala – L3 A D (3 – 1 – 2 beats = 6/4)

Gati (subdivision): Chatusra (4 matras per beat)

As the first Tongue trainer exercise I started in [1/4 note=70] and speeded up the metronome 10 points each time until I was able to do it at double the speed.

tongue-trainer-kadamba

Exercise Khanda (konnakkol)


Last year I became interested in Carnatic music, especially in Carnatic rhythm and konnakkol. In this category I will post some transcriptions of exercises and little solos that the incredible musician B.C. Manjunath shares on his Facebook profile. I’m not an expert of Carnatic music, so some of the explanations could be wrong. I will just share some transcriptions that I made for my own personal practice.

This exercise is to work Khanda Gati (quintuplets). Once you can do this exercise you really improve the internal feeling of quintuplets. It’s not an easy exercise and it can take some time to get it perfect.

Tala (cycle/bar): Khanda Chapu – one beat per bar (5/8)

Gati (subdivision): Khanda (quintuplets — 5 matras per beat)

Tempo: Every 5/8 bar=44-60

Syllables: Ta Di Gi Na To – Through all the exercise

exercise-khandachapu

This exercise is working in 4 speeds of quintuplets: 5/1 (bar 1); 10/1 (bar 5); 10/3 (starting in bar 6, but it only appears half cycle 5/1.5); and 5/2 (bar 13). The idea is to start in every speed with a whole quintuplet and then reduce every note of the quintuplet to a 16th note until the original quintuplet is transformed into the other speed.

Here you can watch this exercise starting from minute 0.54

This post was shared by B.C. Manjunath on the 24th of December 2016.

Tongue Trainer (konnakkol)


Last year I became interested in Carnatic music, especially in Carnatic rhythm and konnakkol. In this category I will post some transcriptions of exercises and little solos that the incredible musician B.C. Manjunath shares on his Facebook profile. I’m not an expert of Carnatic music, so some of the explanations could be wrong. I will just share some transcriptions that I made for my own personal practice.

This exercise is to train articulation and clarity, and gain some tongue velocity when you are doing Konnakkol or Solkatu. It’s very simple, but useful at the same time.

Tala (cycle/bar): Adi Tala – L4 D D (4 – 2 – 2 beats)

Gati (subdivision): Chatusra (4 matras per beat)

You can start in 1/4 note=70 and then speed up the metronome little by little until you can do it at double speed.

tongue-trainer-manjunath

Here you can watch the exercise explained by B.C. Manjunath himself.

This exercise was posted on Facebook by Manjunath, B.C., August 30th 2016.