PREFACE from Hindi Film Hits in Western Notation - September 1988

I am a fourteen year-old high school freshman of Indian origin. From a very early age, I have had a keen interest in Indian music, both classical and light. I have perfomed at many Indian functions on violin, keyboard, and other Indian instruments. On such occasions I have often been asked, usually by parents whether I could write these songs in Western notation so that they could be played by their children who read Western music. With this in mind I have chosen six popular Hindi film songs and notated them in this book.

The songs are written for keyboard, violin, or any other single-voiced treble (G clef) instrument and are arranged in order of difficulty. These songs can be found in most Indian homes on cassettes or LPs (names of the films are listed with the songs) and these can be used for reference. The following section explains the rhythms and chord notations found in the music. If you have difficulty with any other symbols, your music teacher should be able to help, or feel free to contact me for help.

For reference, a tape of the six songs played on either violin or keyboard is available at a nominal charge. In addition, I can notate your favorite Indian song on request. Finally, this book is my first attempt of its nature, and therefore I will greatly appreciate your comments and suggestions regarding its utility and contents.

I hope you enjoy using this book.

SANJEEV RAMABHADRAN                                     



NOTES

This section explains the rhythms and chord notations found in the music. If you have difficulty with any other symbols, your music teacher should be able to help, or feel free to contact me.

Keyboard Rhythms

For each song, a keyboard rhythm has been suggested (in some cases, two have been suggested just in case your keyboard does not have one of them). You may use the suggested rhythm; however, depending on the options on your keyboard, you may find another rhythm suitable.

Chords

This section applies only when playing the songs on the keyboard. In each song, chords have been shown above the measures. For example, D min = D minor, A = A major, C = C major, no chord = no chord, etc. When a chord is indicated, it is to be played continuously until another chord or chord marking appears (on most keyboards, the rhythms and chords are synchronized, so all you have to do is change the chord). If a chord marking is absent in the beginning of a song, assume that there is no chord here.


Please click on the links below to view the notations in PDF format.

Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din - Film: Mera Naam Joker

Yaad Kiya Dil Ne Kahan Ho Tum - Film: Patita

Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki - Film: Dulari

Man Dole Mera Tan Dole - Film: Nagin

Jadugar Saiyan - Film: Nagin

Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal - Film: Daag



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