Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. Here is a video of me practicing sitar tans for Raga Yaman.
I give all my my Taans nicknames and I call this one, “Chikari pauses.”
I am working to build up speed as my teacher wants me to play this at 200 beats per minute (BPM). Let’s see how fast I can get today!
I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.
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Tonight I demonstrate sitar tuning and I have a casual practice with mizrab warmups, pultas, gat and alap.
I’m also testing out my new camera and mic set up for live streaming.
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Tonight I wanted to focus on Jhala.
I warmed up with Alap and I think it’s one of the best Alaps i have played! So that was a bonus.
Jhala is particularly hard for me due to a wrist problem I have. I was very happy with my final speed for tonight. I think I can maybe go faster next time… thoughts?
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IN the meantime…
Tanpura for riyaz (practice) in the key of D.
Also, the internet seems to love cats so here is a cat.
I’m going to try and live stream every day this week as I went about 5 days without practicing sitar due to travel.
The audio is out of sync tonight, sorry about that. Live streaming is hard!
The live stream video of this sitar practice stutters, sorry!!
I think this is some of my best playing overall so feel free to listen in the background while you do other work.
I play some alap and then focus on gat and taans. My teacher gave me a goal of 200 beats per min. He thinks I can go faster now. Can I?
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