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.
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.