Our goal is to teach you to play beautiful Indian melodies on bansuri, the bamboo flute of northern India.
The Bansuri Bliss Membership Site is an online library of educational resources intended to ensure you dramatically increase your understanding of Indian classical music and improve your bansuri skills. The site is regularly being updated with new video tutorials and downloadable PDF's so that you never run out of interesting, inspiring, mentally stimulating and enjoyable Indian classical music to practice.
And what is best...no prior musical experience is needed -- just a true desire to learn and a willingness to practice.
I just signed up for the Bansuri Bliss Lite membership. I am looking forward to watching and learning from your tutorials. I also look forward to the introductory lesson, as well as subsequent lessons as I go along with furthering my bansuri playing. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource!
Very best wishes,
Tereasa P. New York"
Let's face it...none of the great Indian masters learned through YouTube or by randomly surfing the web looking for tutorials. Every single one of the masters learned from a guru who gave them systematic training that was passed down through a musical lineage dating back many hundreds of years.
All beginning bansuri players face similar problems:
- Finding a guru and traveling to the guru
- How to choose a bansuri and where to purchase it
- How to blow and how to hold the flute
- Where to find compositions and how to play them
- How to improvise
- How to understand and practice scales
- How to play even a few of the most popular ragas
- How to use ornaments and make the music actually sound Indian.
- How to read and write Indian music, so as to not be musically illiterate.
- How to understand Indian rhythms and play along with a tabla player
- How to determine the pitch of one's bansuri and properly tune the tanpura
- How to find time to practice
- How to practice when you have neighbors who hear you
- How to know what to practice once you have an abundance of practice materials
The Bansuri Bliss Membership Site addresses all these issues and more!
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-- Aly Lee, Vermont
Namaste! I'm Kerry Kriger and I’ve played bansuri almost every day since 1996.
I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in a non-musical, non-Indian family and I never studied music until I was 21 years old. I was inspired to play flute in 1995 when I heard the melodious sounds of a flute while traveling through the Greek isles. The flutist told me that if I wanted to learn the flute, I needed to learn the raga (the Indian classical music form). I had recently heard the great sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar so was familiar with Indian music and knew that it was based largely on improvisation. Being a huge fan of improvised music, I took the flutist’s advice and started researching how to learn bansuri.
I found out that San Francisco was the center of Indian music outside of India, so after I graduated college, I moved to San Francisco to begin my Indian musical journey (online courses didn't exist back then!). I intended to take just two months of bansuri lessons in order to pick up the basics. But I fell in love with the instrument and the pleasures of learning Indian classical music, and bansuri has been a major part of my life ever since.
In 1999 I returned to Virginia to learn bansuri from the great flute master Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, who had studied under and collaborated with Pandit Ravi Shankar for thirty years. Vijayji spent half of each year in Virginia, so I always tried to be there when he was there. A few summers he spent in southern California, so I spent those summers in California as well, taking as many lessons as he had time to give. Vijayji was born in India in 1925 and spent his entire life composing, recording, performing and teaching Indian music. I was fortunate to receive private lessons from him from 1999 through 2008, and he once told me that he had taught me more material than any of his other students (who include GS Sachdev and Ronu Majumdar). One of my major goals is to share with you the wealth of knowledge that Vijayji passed down to me, and to ensure the world is filled with more and better bansuri music.
Aside from bamboo flute, I’ve studied tabla (Indian hand drums) and electric guitar. I’ve taught myself piano, ukulele, and jaw harp, and I am quite adept with a darabuka (middle eastern drum). I’ve attended hundreds of concerts, including those of legendary musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Amjad Ali Khan, Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Anindo Chatterjee, Ramani, L. Subramanian and of course my guru Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, as well as plenty of rock and roll, jazz, funk and other western music. And I’ve recorded, performed and practiced with a variety of musicians from around the world.
In 2008 I built the Bansuri Bliss website (originally indianflutemusic.com) and started sending out regular electronic newsletters about bansuri. In 2013, I began uploading music lesson videos to YouTube and giving private and group lessons online and in person. And in 2017, I founded Bansuri Bliss LLC, with a mission to be the world's premiere source of bansuri knowledge and inspiration!
My 20+ years of musical study and teaching (combined with significant experience teaching math and science from the elementary to university level) enables me to pass information on to my students in a clear and concise manner, and to quickly see ways they can improve their music.
I'm looking forward to teaching you bansuri!
Kerry Kriger, Ph.D.
Bansuri Bliss LLC
Founder, President & Flute Player
“Kerry, you are gifted and very talented. You are one of my motivations for taking up flute. Your compositions are awesome.”
— Regards, Ramakrishnan
"Hi Dr Kerry!! I've been listening to your flute all day long...extraordinarily beautiful!!!"
-- Denise East, San Jose, CA
"My wife and I were lucky enough to have a private playing by Kerry at our lake house. We both were surprised by the beautiful music that he played. Kerry is a very talented person in many ways. Oh, our dog and cat were mesmerized by Kerry's music!"
-- George Sellers, South Carolina
The guru-shishya parampara (student-teacher tradition) is an essential component of Indian classical music. Enroll by Tuesday November 27th, 2018 and get a half hour of one-on-one time with Dr. Kerry Kriger, who will answer your most pressing questions and let you know the most important things that you should work on to improve your bansuri playing.
"Hi Kerry! Thanks for the first lesson, it was SUPER inspiring!!! Thanks!!!!
Fernando S., San Francisco, CA
North Indian classical music has been handed down directly from teacher to student for well over a thousand years. Dr. Kriger is able to teach dedicated students in a private online setting where he can give you numerous tips specifically related to your playing style and abilities.
"I’m very impressed by the degree of concentrated attention and valuable advice Kerry gives me during my Skype lessons. His enthusiasm for classical Indian music and especially the bansuri has inspired me and I now enjoy practicing and look forward to our weekly lessons. We are now working on alap and a composition of raag Bhoopali. After a month of lessons I’m able to improvise the alap and actually play the composition along with tabla accompaniment."
-- Ken DeSure, Maui
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"Awesome tutorial sir…keep on teaching such great techniques" :)
-- Naveen Chaudhari
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“Excellent lesson Dr Kerry, I always admire the way you explain, clear and precise, thanks once again.”
-- Prabhakar Tewari