Lesson 3: Da Zamoong Zeba Watan

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Sorry for the delay guys, am on a crazy work schedule, anyway this lesson is based on that classic song “Da Zamoong Zeba Watan” sung initially probably by Ustaad Awal Meer, but since then it has been sung by many.

Here is the complete version

Now we break the song into its various parts

1-      The Main Body

The main body of the song in its lyrics and the accompanying surs on the rabab are as follows, the following chart indicates the main surs used in this song.

Main Body with the lyrics:

Da Zamoong Zeba Watan                         Da Zamoong Laila Watan

Ne NeNeNe NeDha Sa(.)Ne              Ne NeNeNe NeDha Sa(.)Ne

Da watan mo Zaan they                            Da Afghanistan

Dha PaDha   X     MaDha                     Dha  NeDhaXMa

Here is how Yar Gul Ustaad plays it

2-      Piece

The piece is as follows

NeSa(.)WSa(.)Ne   DhaXMaDha  DhaXMaMa  MaXGaXNe  NeSa(.)NeDhaXMaMa

Here it is on video

3-      Misra

Lyrics along with the rabab surs

Da Watan they Zaan Zamoong                     Da Watan Emaan Zamoong

Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.) WSa(.)Ne       Dha NeDhaDha X MaMa

Wai pa Khapooro kay                                       Daasay Mashooman Zamong

Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.) WSa(.)Ne       Dha NeDhaDha X MaMa

Da mo da dada watan                                         Da Mo da baba watan

Ne NeNeNe NeDa Sa(.)Ne                           Ne NeNeNe NeDa Sa(.)Ne

Da watan mo Zaan they                                     Da Afghanistan

Dha PaDha   X     MaDha                              Dha  NeDhaXMa

Here it is on video

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Lesson 2: Wa Malanga Yaara

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When Yar Gul Ustaad started learning the rabab, this was the first song that he played, and he makes sure that all his students begin with this one.

This is the complete version

Now we break the song into its parts:

1- Main Body

The main body of the song comprises of the lyrics:

Wa Malanga Yaara Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro,

Maza Rub Da Para, Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

Da The Gudar Ghara Praig na they, Da the Guda Ghara Praig na they,

Aay Malanga Yaara Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro,

Maza Rub Da Para, Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

Now we translate this into the language of the Rabab, i.e. the Surs. Like I said in the introduction of this blog, both me and Yar Gul Ustaad are not that well versed in sur terminology, so mistakes pointed out will be greatly appreciated.

Since this song needs surs other than the ones showed in the videos from the last lesson, we will use our own terminology. Please follow this chart to follow the strumming instructions.

Note: surs with no breaks in between are to be played in continuation, a break represents a small pause

Wa Malanga Yaara          Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

DhaPaDhaPa  NeGa           DhaPaDhaX  MaMa

Maza Rub Da Para            Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

DhaPaDhaPa  NeGa          DhaPaDhaX  MaMa

Da the Gudar Ghaara                             Praig Na They

Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)  Sa(.)      Sa(.)NeDha

Da the Gudar Ghaara                            Praig na They

Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)Sa(.)  Sa(.)      Sa(.)NeDha

Wa Malanga Yaara          Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

DhaPaDhaPa  NeGa           DhaPaDhaX  MaMa

Maza Rub Da Para            Kaigda Kadam Wro Wro

DhaPaDhaPa  NeGa          DhaPaDhaX  MaMa

Here is how its played on the Rabab.

 

2- Piece

The piece is an interlude between the vocal parts of the songs, since this is a folk song, the main body will be complemented by tapay or misray, but before a misra starts a piece is played, which is without vocals. Here is the chart again, followed by the surs for the Piece.

MaDhaMa      NeSa(.)NeSa(.)NeSa(.)NeSa(.)      DhaNeSa(.)DhaX      MaMaXMaXDhaXMaGaMaXDhaXMaMa

Here it is on the rabab

 

 

3-Misra

Folk songs have tapay or misray that fit into the existing chorus. A misra is sung after the piece is played. Here is the chart again.

Ta The Deedan Ugay Way,   Ta The Deedan Tagay Way

Sa(.)YYZYZSa(.)                       Sa(.)WWZYWSa(.)

(No Vocals)

Sa(.)WNeSa(.)Sa(.)    Sa(.)WNeSa(.)Sa(.)


Sta Yamma Nigaara, Aao Kaigda Qadam Wro Wro

Sa(.)VVV  ZVSa(.)   SaWWYZWSa(.)


Here it is on the Rabab

Lesson 1 – The Basics

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Songs are made up of surs, the songs that we will be posting will be broken up into constituent surs.

Just like the frets of a guitar the rabab as “parday”, strumming individual cords while holding onto these parday will result in the desired surs.

These two videos by someone titled BOGRA3 on youtube, explains the basics of rabab. We certainly couldn’t do a better job explaining it,  so will be sharing these videos as a starter, follow the instructions and the recommended practice time, and you will hopefully be ready to move on to more complicated combinations i.e. songs.

 

 

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Pakhair World!

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I began learning the Rabab back in 2003, under the tutelage of Ustaad Homayoun Sakhi, but then a lack of practice and moving out of Peshawar made me lose touch with my rabab. While I understood the basics of sargam and could play a tune if written in those, the problem that I faced was that I could not get my hand on Pashto songs broken into sargam. The solution as always was to get accepted by an Ustaad, and then take it from there. Living in Islamabad, finding an Ustaad was a challenge in itself. Luckily, I found Yar Gul Ustaad, who plays at the Islamabad zoo on the weekends. I have decided to tape my lessons, break them into sargam and make them available online.

The plan is to break down songs into its different parts, for each part we will share a slowed down version of the strumming along with the breakup of the part in terms of sargam. I must warn you that we both are not that well versed in the identification of surs, so any corrections would be highly appreciated.

Feel free to send in breakdowns of songs in a similar format, and we will share them on the site.

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