Playback Singing With Roop Kumar Rathod


Indian cinema aka Bollywood has become a hot topic today. It is one of those things that has helped India become globally recognized. Bollywood is a huge industry with hundreds of components attached to it. It is a perfect example of absolute co-ordination between actors, directors, producers and infinitely more. Bringing a movie together isn't as easy as watching and enjoying it is. There are a lot of elements involved. And when we talk about Bollywood, how can we forget the songs? In fact, the songs of a movie significantly help in increasing its popularity even before its release! In the olden days, the actors themselves sang the songs so if u intended to be an actor, an exceptionally good voice was a pre-requisite. It was not until the concept of play back singing was introduced, this concept was drawn out. Just to get it right across your head, a play back singer is someone whose songs are pre-recorded for use in movies. Indian film industry has produced some exceptionally good play back singers. Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar, Falguni Pathak are some female and Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Gurdas Mann and Roop Kumar Rathod are a few male play back singers the Indian film industry very proudly boasts of. All these singers have achieved great success in their established field. Continuing with the article, I have discussed the life and successes of roop kumar rathod. Son of the classical luminary, late Pandit Chaturbhuj Rathod, Roop Kumar Rathod is one of the best playback singers and music director, the industry has ever seen.

Pandit Rathod was known for his exceptional mastery over one of the most rare and arguably the oldest form of singing, Dhrupad. Roop Kumar Rathod is known around Bollywood for his play back singing. He started his career in music as a tabla player, drawing inspiration from his father. He mastered the art of playing table very well and went on to become one of the most sought after tablists by almost all Ghazal singers. He is known to have performed with various known names in the industry, like Anuj Jalota, Lata Mangeshkar and many more.

His singing earned him a lot of respect in the Indian Music Industry. After many years of being involved with singing ghazals, he decided to change his career path and looked into new options, he entered the world of play back singing. He got his first break in the year 1989 with the song, ''main tera aashiq hoon'', composed by Laxminkanth pyarelal for the movie Gumraah. In his entire career so far, he has given many hit songs. "Sandese aate he" in the film Border was his major break-through. Maula mere maula, noor e nazar, shikayat he are some of the major songs he has sung through his singing career.

Lesson 08 Major Scales


To musicians that are heavy into learning theory scales are considered the most inmportant thing in music. You can break everything except rhythms down into scales. Melodies, chords and solos can all be broken down into scales. Scales are a series of notes that when played together give a certain feeling or style to a song. Some scales sound bluesy and some sound sad. If you were to step up to a piano and play C, D, E, F, G, A, B you would have played the Cmaj scale.

Chromatic Scale / Sharps and Flats

The first thing you should know is the notes of the guitar. There are only 12 possible notes in music. The reason there are so many keys on a keyboard and frets on a guitar is because you can play each of the 12 notes in different octaves. When you play a note an octave up it reduces the wavelength of the note by have making it higher pitched. Some notes have symbols next to them, a 'b' stands for flat and a '#' stand for sharp. Another symbol is the natural sign which looks like a box with two appendages.

The natural notes are simply A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. But there are also sharps (#) and flats(b) for some of the notes. A sharp makes a note a half step or one fret higher in pitch, a flat does he opposite and makes a note a half step or one fret lower in pitch. With these sharps and flats included the 12 possible notes are A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G and G#. This would make the A chromatic scale. Notice there isn't a Cb or Fb, make sure you can name these notes in order of the top of your head.

The top half of this chart is the chromatic scale. And the bottom half is the Cmaj scale. Notice that there is no sharp or flat between E and F and also no sharp or flat between B and C. Keep note of this. Also since each note in the chromatic scale is a half step away, if we make G flat then it will be the same tone as F#, the same goes for a Cb, which is the same tone as B.

Major Scale Pattern

Now to actually learn the major scale pattern. If we were to take the chromatic scale and take out a few of the notes we can easily construct a major scale. The major scale pattern is Step, Step, Half, Step, Step, Step, Half. Remember a Step is 2 frets and a half step is one fret. So if we were to take the chromatic scale starting on C and play only the notes in the major scale pattern we would have C, D, E, F, G, A, B, this is the C major scale.