The music of India sounds quite exotic to most Western audiences. Two major reasons for this are the differences between the two traditions in tuning and scales. The blog "Swar Ganga" is a very basic introduction to these differences, meant for someone who has a basic understanding of Western music theory but no knowledge of the Indian music tradition. For an introduction that concentrates on music appreciation and avoids music theory, please see Listening to Indian Classical Music. (For more about Western scales and tuning, please see Major Keys and Scales, Minor Keys and Scales, and Tuning Systems.) I believe the terms used here are from the Northern Indian (Hindustani) tradition. The Southern Indian (Karnatic) tradition, uses some different terms, but the fundamental ideas are the same


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