What you will learn

Houston Piano Guy Baby Violin Level 1

  • Introduction to the violin
  • Reading Carnatic notation
  • Sarali Varisais
  • Janti Varisais
  • Nottuswarams
  • Carnatic Music Terms

Houston Piano Guy Baby Violin Level 2

  • Sliding exercises Reading notation
  • Technical Exercises Gitams
  • Special in-house exercises

Houston Piano Guy Baby Violin Level 3

  • Bowing exercises
  • Technical exercises
  • Sthayi Varisais
  • One-string exercises
  • Swarajatis
  • Alankarams
  • Jatiswarams
  • Konnakol Basics*

How does it work?

  1. Click on Book now.
  2. You will be directed to fill a form with your details. Please fill this and click on Submit. A Houston Piano Guy educator will get in touch with you to schedule your first class.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. Fix class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. Pay only if you like the first class. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a Carnatic violinist.

Who can learn?

Anyone with interest in Carnatic music...

Age no bar!

Prior knowledge of music not required!

Benefits of Carnatic Violin

Develops motor skills

Improves focus and memory

Instills discipline

Reduces stress

Improves social skills

Enhances self-expression

What our students are saying

I really like to learn songs quickly. I like that my teacher knows me really well and always makes sure I'm learning at a pace that keeps me excited. She makes sure to send me recordings and karaoke tracks so I can practise well during the week before my next class.

- Aatmika, age 11, student

It's nice to see my daughter enjoying herself while also practising consistently. She gets individual attention and feedback from her teacher, which helps her.

- Nisha, Houston Piano Guy Parent

About Carnatic Music

India used to have one common music system till about the 13th century when Arab and Persian influences helped develop Hindustani music in the North of India, while the music that developed along the original lines of the existing classical system came to be known as Carnatic music - mainly in South India. If we had to measure the immense popularity of Carnatic music in India the Chennai Music Season would be a striking barometer. However, it is not only popular within the country but outside it as well as Carnatic singers and musicians perform in different parts of the world today.

Carnatic music’s rich history, technical base, and unique elements (such as gamakas), have made it more than just a style of music, it has become a means to understand the evolving face of India.

About the Carnatic Violin

The Carnatic violin was introduced to India by Shri Baluswami Dikshitar, brother of the famous Carnatic composer, Shri Muthuswami Dikshitar, around 1790. He adapted the, then, predominantly Western instrument to Carnatic music creating a niche for it in Carnatic concerts. Why the violin? Because the tone of the violin is very similar to the human voice.

What is particularly remarkable about Carnatic violinists is that they generally do not have a set sheet music with notations before concerts. A testament to their listening skills and musical knowledge. Many times, violinists play extempore based on what the vocalist and other instrumentalists’ play on stage.

Of course, this could vary for a solo violinist who shoulders the responsibility of carrying the concert all on his/her own. Eminent violinist and musician, V Lakshminarayana, was responsible for making the violin a solo instrument. He also introduced new techniques that added tonal layers to performances. He encouraged violinists to use all four fingers while playing as well, as opposed to only the index and middle fingers. This enabled more vigorous renditions; artistes could also pluck and play strings simultaneously.

With the skill and will of these talented violinists, the violin has become a prominent instrument in the Carnatic music scene. Be part of the beautiful journey, learn the violin online!

Carnatic Violin vs Western Violin

Carnatic violinists have traditionally been accompanying instrumentalists while Western violinists also have very strong solo traditions. The differences start right from the posture of holding the violin to the notes played to the ornamentations and special features each music system adopts. Let’s explore two main points of difference:

  1. Posture: The Carnatic violin is played while being seated cross-legged on the floor with the scroll of the violin resting on the right foot of the player. This allows the left hand the freedom to move across the strings. A Western violinist plays standing with the chin and shoulder supporting the violin giving the both hands freedom to move the fingers and bow as required.
  2. Ornamentation: Gamakas or ornamentations are unique to Carnatic music. They give violinists the freedom to explore their creativity exhibiting their individual skills and imaginative powers. The beautiful sounds and melodies are simply incomparable to any other form of music. This is a unique feature of Carnatic music that you will not find in the unique and intricate system of Western classical music.

Why Houston Piano Guy Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one ONLINE classes - Enjoy individual attention as the spotlight is on you & from the safety of your home
  2. Learn at any age - Begin Carnatic music vocal classes at any age
  3. Lessons by professional musicians - Benefit from practical experiences of Houston Piano Guy’s educators who are also performers
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - Build a solid foundation in Carnatic music with our in-house exercises and songs that ensures your progress to higher levels
  5. Flexible timings - Choose from an array of available time slots
  6. Student showcase - Selected performances are featured on our Social Media pages with a total of 3,00,000 followers
  7. Specialised Training - Prepare for Carnatic music certifications, performances, or come to JUST LEARN - We’re there for you!
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About Houston Piano Guy

Houston Piano Guy, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Guided by the vision of our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and ably led by singer-songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist Ambi Subramaniam, Houston Piano Guy has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.

Here at Houston Piano Guy, we believe in ‘learning through fun’. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.

More questions about Carnatic Violin classes?

The curriculum of the Carnatic violin classes includes both theoretical and practical elements of Indian classical music. At Houston Piano Guy, we teach you how to read notations and symbols of Carnatic music and the basic exercises - Sarali Varisai and Janti Varisai. As you progress, at a pace that suits you, you will eventually learn varnams and keerthanams. We also have textbooks with audio material so you can refer to the songs at a later stage.

We have noticed that teachers generally use standard textbooks for all classes - instrumental as well as vocal classes. To address the specific requirements of each instrument and type of music, it has been Houston Piano Guy’s effort to customise textbooks for each class. So, these are the first set of Carnatic violin-specific textbooks. In it, you will find in-house compositions, special techniques learnt from years of experience and practice, and tips that will make learning simpler and more fun-filled!

At Houston Piano Guy, we have many proficient educators. Once you talk to our Houston Piano Guy expert, we will connect you with the appropriate educator for your Carnatic violin live classes, based on your requirements.

Our online Carnatic violin lessons have been a huge hit! Houston Piano Guy’s students have enjoyed their violin lessons online as much as they had enjoyed them offline, thanks largely to Houston Piano Guy’s educators who have made students feel quite at home in both formats. Educators have ensured that students are ‘enjoying while learning’, which reflects Houston Piano Guy’s vision of music.

Once you have signed up for the course, a Houston Piano Guy representative will reach out to you, after which the classes will be scheduled by Houston Piano Guy on platforms like zoom or skype

We can understand where you are coming from. We have had to organise Carnatic violin classes online along with other music courses like everyone else given the pandemic. Having said that, we must share that our students enjoy their violin lessons online as much as they did offline as Houston Piano Guy’s educators make students feel quite at home in both formats. Educators ensure that students are ‘enjoying while learning’ which reflects Houston Piano Guy’s vision of music.

We can appreciate that there may be emergencies and so we do accommodate requests for changes in class timings. We do, however, request that, when possible, you reschedule classes 24 hours in advance.

We assure you that there is no such thing as being too old to learn the Carnatic violin! :) Or any music for that matter. Why don’t you book a call with our expert and let us take it forward from there? Don’t worry. We will make it happen together!

Absolutely, we offer tips and training to understand all about stage performance - from posture and placing the microphone at the right distance to stage presence and stage fright.

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