“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
first, by imitation, which is easiest;
second, by experience, which is bitterest,
and third, by reflection, which is the noblest.”
Confucius (551 – 479 BC)
Hello Dear Students,
First of all I would like to use this opportunity to thank you all for your decision to learn how to play a Persian instrument online.
Nowadays teaching online is very popular and efficient, and I believe that those participants who can adapt to this new arrangement will enjoy it tremendously and acquire many benefits from it.
For this reason I really do encourage you to take my first free session to see if this new way of learning is suitable for you.
For beginners, I have designed a step-by-step constructive method which involves your direct input as student so that your learning program is personalized to the greatest extent possible. In other words, I shall try to support each person in relation to his or her individual knowledge, background and needs with regard to learning how to play the Tar and Setar.
At the intermediate level, we work on a short version of Persian musical repertoire (Radif), along with a selection of some rhythmic pieces. Most students at this level will be aiming at acquiring the required performance technique.
At the advanced level, we only focus on performance techniques, such as dynamic, ornamentations and timbre (tone colour) on all related learned musical material. At this level, I expect my students to have enough musical tools to perform individually for at least 15 minutes.
As a beginner, it is important to set a goal. Knowing what you are trying to accomplish helps you to be motivated and stimulated while you are playing your musical instrument. Our goal for this level is to be able to play three pieces without interruption.
(Approximate duration for this level is 19-24 sessions).
At this preliminary stage, I believe students should be able to have a reasonable understanding of the following related subjects:
1. Familiarisation with your musical instruments;
2. A practical introduction on the concepts of rhythm and pulsation;
3. An applied introduction on the concept of reading a basic musical notation;
4. Body motion, hand gesture and synchronization.
Setting a proper goal for those who are familiar with the rudiments of their instrument varies for
each person; therefore I usually prefer to set this stage of goal-setting with my students
Students will likely need to have their own musical instrument.
Basic recording equipment, such as a smart phone, in order to record themselves playing for monitoring their own progress.
Online programs normally specify the basic features that a student’s computer must have, which can include:
An up-to-date Windows or Mac operating system
High-speed Internet connection
A certain amount of memory
Headphones and speakers
Here we must set out some rules to bind both of us to our commitments, but in my capacity as a teacher for more than three decades, I know as a fact that the one thing which has made me play the Tar and Setar with total passion and dedication until now has been admiration and respect towards my teacher. This is not something that one can gain merely through learning guidelines and program stipulations. Therefore, with this in mind, our online class doesn’t really have any fundamental commitment other than mutual respect and dignity, a learning path that cannot be fulfilled without dedication and passion for one’s learning experience.
The first introductory session is free.
The length of our session will be around 45 minutes, and it will be recorded.
Each session divides to the four following sections:
1. Student response (performance)
2. Revision and correction
3. New lesson
4. Student familiarisation with new musical material
We will offer different bundles of 1, 4 and 8 lessons for more flexible learning, at the following prices:
|1x $35||4 x $30||8 x $25|
Please bring your passion, affirmation, contribution, power, purpose, and challenge.