Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Konnokol - Deep Rhythmic understanding

Simply put, the best way to learn rhythm. Whichever kind of music you play, whichever instrument you practice, this will lead you to the deepest understanding of rhythm. Used for centuries in Carnatic music, Konnokol is the art of vocalising rhythmic syllables while keeping the basic pulse or meter. In the west it is only in recent decades, partly thanks to work by composer Zoltan Kodaly, that it has been realised that children learn rhythms better through spoken syllables, but in Carnatic music this has been the norm for a long time.

In modern times it has drawn countless musicians to India in order to develop a better understanding of rhythm. Once learnt, the benefits are great and are easily incorporated into your instrument as well as practically any form of music.

A good start would be to watch this video by Asaf Sirkis:


Then give these basic exercises a try. They are very well explained by Bruno Tauzin.


How I notate Konnakol. I don't know if this is the best way but it works for me.


More to follow...

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