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Harmonium

Originally a British instrument, the harmonium was nicely incorporated into Indian music. The British harmonium was a reed organ that would require a chair to utilize the foot pedals pump air. The harmonium was modified to a small box as it was portable and can easily be maintained. Although playing was confined to one hand as the other hand was pumping air into the instrument, this was no problem for Indian musicians, for they did not use chords. Since then, all facets of music, with the exception of South Indian music and solo instrumental music, used harmonium in some way or another.

 

 AUDIO CLIP: Harmonium

 

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS:

KKSongs Harmonium Tutorial

 

UPDATED: March 12, 2012