A backing track based on Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf (written by Willie Dixon). Spoonful may be one of my all time favorites as Hubert Sumlin just rips on guitar. I wanted my own backing tracking to jam over so, I made one. Enjoy!
Playing the sitar is hard and it can be really painful. In this video I’ll demonstrate the method I use to tape my fingers. This helps reduce pain and can be very useful when you have been practicing a lot. Or, if you are just beginning to learn sitar using tape can be helpful while your fingers build up a callous.
Some additional thoughts:
Sorry for the messy room. I figured it was better for me to shoot a video surrounded by my son’s toys than to clean everything up and not have time to make the video.
You don’t want to use tape every time you practice.
I suggest masking tape because it’s very slick on the strings and also because the glue is fairly weak allowing you to take the tape off easily. It also won’t leak glue onto your strings like a fabric athletic tape will.
I changed my shirt halfway into filming so that you can see my hands better. But if you like the shirt I was wearing, you can buy one at http://copycreditmeals.net/ My buddy runs that website and is giving his profits back to artists, actors, etc.
I keep a nice uke hanging above my desk and I thought I should make a video with it, but nope… I used my son’s toy ukulele instead!
The challenge for tonight was to pick it up and make a song using it exactly how my son had left it. I didn’t tune it, I didn’t try to tune it, I just listened to how it was set and I tried to make something from that.
This was a lot of fun to make. Also, the ending of this video get’s me giggling.
The Ring Thing by Electro-Harmonix does a lot of things beyond ring modulation. I’ll compare it’s rotary phaser sound to the Fulltone Deja Vibe, a faithful recreation of the original UniVibe. Please let me know if you have any questions about these pedals.
I’ve owned these pedals for several years and I know them well.
Some additional thoughts: I should have reduced the blend on the RingThing to demo a more subtle sound. Sorry about that.
I still prefer the sound of the DejaVibe and I have continued to use that on my board. The foot controller is the big bonus to me as it’s really easy to dial in the speed. I also like the less colored sound it produces, it layers in a nice texture without overtaking my rig.
If you want a Univibe pedal I highly recommend the DejaVibe. If you want a fun toy that can make a bunch of cool sounds get the Ring Thing. The Ring Thing is SUPER cool. For example, I made a demo of it’s wicked octave fuzz settings: https://youtu.be/Mdj1YHNkKJs
My teacher was extremely generous today and my lesson ran for an extra half hour. We spent that extra time playing Alap and going over super important small details.
It was one of those lessons that makes you feel like you are starting over again! I have so much to learn about the sitar. It’s been an amazing journey for me so far and I am so happy to study and learn this instrument.
I’ll demonstrate how to hack your EHX Ring Thing to turn it into a really great sounding Octave fuzz. But, is it as good as the Roger Mayer Octavia?
I LOVE my Roger Mayer Octavia but the Ring Thing provides a ton of other cool sounds. I wanted to experiment to see if I could find a way to hack the Ring Thing to get some of those Hendrix Octave Fuzz tones we all love while still being able to toggle the Ring Thing presets for other wacky sounds (did you know it also does a great Whammy style pitch shift too?)
While traveling to visit family I found this used sitar for sale in a local music store. It’s Ravi Shankar style and was made by Hiren Roy. I’ll keep this at my parents house to practice on when I visit family. Now I need to get back home more often!