Table of Contents

The Harmonium Handbook

Owning, Playing, and Maintaining the Devotional Instrument of India
by Satyaki Kraig Brockschmidt

One: A Short History of the Indian Harmonium
  Ancient Asian Origins
  European and American Reed Organs
  (Re)Invention of the Indian Harmonium
  Coming Full Circle
  For Further Study

Two: To Know and Love Your Harmonium
  A User's Guide
  One Bellows or Two?
  Stops and Drones
  Which Knob Does What?
  Opening and Closing a Collapsible Harmonium
  Dusting and Cleaning
  Environmental Considerations
  Long-Term Storage

Three: Playing the Indian Harmonium
  Sitting at the Harmonium
  Pumping the Bellows
  "Breathing": Producing a Steady Tone
  Volume, Expression, and the Art of Pumping
  Repeat After Me: It's Not a Piano
  Playing Styles: Introduction
  Single-Note Melody
  Melody with Drone
  Melody with Chord-Appropriate Drones
  Melody with Semi-Chorded Drones and Rhythm Accidentals
  Sources of Chant Music

Four: The Inner Realms
  External Areas
  Keyboard and Key Mechanisms
  Reed Chamber
  A Little Inside Tour
  Removing and Cleaning Reeds
  Lower Bellows Chamber

Five: Adjustments, Corrections, and Tuning
  Buzzing or Rattling Noises
  Rumbling Noises
  Squeaking Noises
  Ticking Noises
  Leaky Keys
  Sticky Keys
  Loose or Wobbly Keys
  Slow, Fast, or Non-Sounding Notes
  Out-of-Tune Notes
  Tuning a Harmonium

Appendix A: Air Stops, Drones, and Tremolo Knobs for Select Bina Harmoniums

Appendix B: Chords and Chord Inversions

Appendix C: Tuning Sheets


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See Also: Sample Chapter  

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