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In India, it is also known as “Banjo” but more commonly known as Bulbul Tarang which means “waves of nightingales” This instrument is made of a number of strings passing over which looks like a finger board. However, instead of directly fingering the keys, they are pressed with a series of keys similar to that in a piano. Many a times the keys are similar to a piano keyboard, but mostly they resemble typewriter keys. This instrument can be found in many regional locations in India, It is mostly played folk musicians and children, mainly because of its very low price as compared to other instruments available in India.
How to Tune Bulbul Tarang
We must not forget that there are innumerable variations in size, number of strings, gauge of strings, etc in Bulbul Tarang but tuning is very easy. Now, we will go over the general principles first and then you can work out the details.
Let’s understand the concept of strings in this instrument. There are two types of strings;
Drone strings – These strings run beside the key plate and are not fretted.
Melody strings – These strings run directly under the key-plate and are fretted by the keys.
The melody strings are commonly tuned to the same note, or in octaves, while the drone strings are tuned to the 1st and 5th of the melody strings. Tuned in this manner, the instrument is uni-tonic, or unable to modulate to new keys. The melody strings may be tuned to different pitches if desired, however, rendering it multi-tonic, but more difficult to play. The bulbul tarang is most commonly played as accompaniment to singing. Similar to the Autoharp, a chord can be selected when a key is depressed, and the strings are often bowed or strummed with a pick.
Tune the melody strings to anything that is convenient. The strings melody will tell you what this should be. They may break if they are too tight and they may sound dull if they are too loose, hence you need to maintain the tension in the strings. By repetitive experimentation you will find the useful range of your instrument.
The gauge of the strings is chosen according to pitch and melody needed and what is more convenient to you. In India, most of the people use the bulbul tarang to accompany their singing. Therefore, the strings are chosen such that the pitch of the instrument matches the key that one sings in.
You will probably wish to tune all the strings to the same note. In most cases the strings will be the same gauge, so this is a natural thing to do. If they are all the same, you can perform an interesting trick. Try tuning some of them to the same note, but others you can slightly detune, so they are a wee bit high or a wee bit low. They should not be too high or low, or the instrument will simply sound out of tune; however if you keep them within about 5 to 10 cents, everything will be just fine. This range of tunings will produce a very rich tone.
Next, you orient yourself to the keyboard. It is immediately apparent that the bulbul tarang’s keyboard is reminiscent of the harmonium keyboard. The arrangement (i.e., whole-step; whole step; half step; etc.) is the same, but the whole will probably be transposed up or down to some arbitrary key. Decide which key is going to be your tonic. In India it will usually be either the “C” position or the “B” position. When you have decided what your tonic is going to be, you then tune the drone strings to the first (Sa) or the fifth (Pa). Ideally you will wish to tune to both of them.
Now it is quite likely that at some point in this process things are not quite working out. When instruments are sold in India, there is randomness in the choice of strings. It is understood that the user will replace certain strings with either higher or lower gauges. Many times bronze or brass will be added, especially to the drone strings. This opens up a bass quality to the instrument. It is also possible to take some of the melody strings and change the gauge / material, to set them an octave apart. Do not feel afraid to experiment with different strings. This ability to customise the instrument is one of the strengths of the bulbul tarang.
Now your bulbul tarang is in tune. Play away to your heart’s content.
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