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"Mastering the Jantai Varisai: Elevating Your Music with Double Notes"

Mastering the Jantai Varisai: Unlocking the Double Notes

Welcome back, music learners! In this second lesson, we delve into the enchanting world of Jantai Varisai. "Jantai" translates to "two" or "double," indicating that we will be exploring the realm of playing each note twice. But before we dive into the Jantai Varisai itself, let's take a moment to understand the technique involved in mastering this beautiful technique.

The first lesson of Jantai Varisai begins with SA SA RI RI GA GA MA MA PA PA DA DA NI NI and returns to SA SA. If you recall, in our previous lesson, Saralai Varisai, we played each note individually. However, in Jantai Varisai, we aim to create a distinct feel of duality by playing the same note twice. To achieve this, we employ a technique known as "jumping and hitting."

Ordinarily, playing the bow twice on a string would produce the same note twice. However, to enhance the Jantai experience, we utilize the jumping and hitting technique. Let's explore how it works! As you already know, the panchama or mandra panchama is where we place our bow to play SA. By positioning the ring finger and middle finger on the PA string and placing the bow on the mandra panchama, we generate the SA note.

Now, to play Jantai SA, we have two methods. The first method involves simply playing SA SA. The second, and more preferred, method is as follows: Start by playing the first note in the first half of the bow, like this:

(Play the first note of SA)

Next, lift your finger off the string while simultaneously hitting the string with your finger and placing the bow on the string. It should sound like this:

(Play the second note of SA)

In theory, you are playing SA PA SA, but when played in quick succession, it creates the illusion of the note being played twice. Let's try it again:

(Play SA SA using the jumping and hitting technique)

This technique is essential throughout the Jantai Varisai course, whether we're exploring RI, GA, MA, PA, DA, or NI. It adds a unique flavor to the violin and truly brings the Jantai experience to life.

So there you have it! That's how the Jantai Varisai is played on a violin. By mastering this technique and exploring the diverse notes, you'll unlock a world of melodic possibilities. Stay tuned for our next lesson, where we'll delve deeper into the intricacies of Jantai Varisai and expand our musical horizons even further.

Keep practicing and embracing the joy of music!

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