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The Sarangi is a stringed instrument meant to be played using a bow. Like most of the chordophone instruments, Sarangis have a body to trap the oscillations and an extended fretboard. The fretboard is meant to pick the notes you want to play, with the left hand. Right hands stay busy with playing the strings, using the bow. Sarangis have a hemispherical body with a stretched goatskin membrane. The strings in a Sarangi stretches from bridge to the head.

Sarangi has only been around for 300 years. It has gained its popularity in India around the same time when India gained independence. The production cost for a Sarangi is not very much.Thus, it became a common man’s instrument. The strings in the instrument create oscillations and Goatskin Membrane transfers the oscillations inside the Sarangi’s hollow body. Resultant sound sounds like violins with overtones and resonance. Very much similar to the sound of European Renaissance instruments.

Basic Components of Western Music theory

  • Pitch:- Pitch can be defined as how high or how low a note gets. It is directly proportional to the frequency of a sound. Pitch of a sound is very particular and it cannot be matched, even by a similar sound produced by a different equipment.
  • Scales:- Scales came out as patterns in music which sensibly completes a music circle. A musical scale is made up of notes with a certain pattern to follow. For example, there are major scales in music which follows “Root Note-Tone-Tone-Semitone-Tone-Tone-Tone-Semitone” pattern. The last note of which again comes out to be the root note. There are a lot of other scales in music.
  • Consonance and Dissonance:- Pick a note on any musical instrument. There are a number of consonance and dissonance for a note within its own scales. Consonant notes sound complete when played together. Dissonant notes give a feeling of incompleteness.
  • Chord:- Chords can be defined as notes in a scale, which when played together, create a sensible sound. It can only be consonant notes or a combination of consonant and dissonant notes. For example, to play a major chord in any scale, you need to pick the first, third and fifth note from that scale. Play the selected notes together. You have got your chord.