Developing Sitar Taan Speed

Tonight I am playing 1 sitar taan for about 30 min and increasing the speed as I go.

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Sitar Practice: Raga Yaman Alap, Gat & Taans

Sitar Practice, mistakes and all…

Tonight I’m focused on Raga Yaman Alap, Gat & Taans

Let me know if you like this new Live Stream format. Thanks!

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Ambient Guitar only using Logic Pro X

After watching some great ambient guitar channels like “Chords of Orion” I was feeling inspired to try to make something myself. But, at the end of a busy day I didn’t have time to pull out all my gear. So I decided to use a 1/4″ to USB guitar cable and play my guitar directly into Logic Pro X.

The resulting song is composed of three parts:
Chords played on guitar
Lead solo played on guitar
Drums generated via the EZDrummer Software pug-in.

Check out “Chords of Orion” if you dig ambient guitar. He makes some really fun videos!
https://www.youtube.com/user/chordsoforion

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Raga Yaman Alap, Sitar Practice

Practicing Raga Yaman Alap, live stream.

…some tuning issues.

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5 Must Try Earthquaker Devices Effects Pedals

Earthquaker Devices (EQD) are some of the coolest and most innovative pedals being made today.

If you are looking for something help inspire you to make music in new and refreshing ways, then Earthquaker Devices is a company to check out.

Here is my video review of the 5 coolest pedals in their lineup.

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Interview with American Sitarist Chris Stephens

Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. This is my interview with Chris Stephens, an American who has been playing sitar for 15 years. You will hear a 1 minute clip of his playing before we discuss learning the sitar.

Aside from occasional lessons with Ustad Imrat Khan, Chris is primarily self taught. He is extremely dedicated to Hindustani music and has spent countless hours learning about its deep intricacies.

You can learn more about Chris at the following links:
http://www.chrisstephensmusic.net
https://chrisstephens.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/chrisitar
https://www.patreon.com/ChrisStephens

If you play sitar, please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/Sitar/ and contribute to the discussion on Reddit.

You can find the Bela Fleck album we discuss at this link:
http://amzn.to/2lvY0jo

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Blazing Fast Sitar Practice – this was exhausting!

Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. Here is a video of me practicing some of my Taans for Raga Yaman.

My goal tonight was to rebuild some of the speed and strength I lost when I was sick with the flu and I took a week off from practicing.

This video is also a really great example of the importance of practicing as you can see my improvement on the last Taan in the video.

Want to play fast sitar? Practice, Practice, Practice.

I am working to build up speed as my teacher wants me to play between 200 -250 beats per minute (BPM).

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Unboxing my Sitar Strings & Gear: This is what I use.

Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. In this video I unbox all the sitar gear I carry in my “grab bag” and show you what I use when practicing.

Perhaps I should teach you how to tie  sitar strings in an upcoming video?

let me know.

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How To Tune Your Guitar: The Easiest Way

In this video I teach a super easy method for how to tune your guitar.

I cover a technique of listening for “warbles” between two notes and how the speed of those can indicate if your strings are in tune with each other.

This is extremely useful when getting yourself in tune with other instruments, like a piano or another guitar player. If you do use a guitar pedal, app, or a built in tuner this method of listening to “warbles” is still useful and can help you get in tune quicker.

Best of all, this technique of listening to “warbles” in the note applies to tuning other instruments as well.

Please let me know if you ave any questions.

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The Self Taught Sitarist. Can you learn sitar by yourself?

Frequently I am asked, “Can I teach myself to play sitar” and, “I can’t find a teacher, should I even bother trying to learn sitar on my own?”

Well, thanks to YouTube, I have met many amazing sitar players from all over the world. One of them is Manjit Singh. After he and I chatted a bit he offered to shoot a video talking about his experience learning the sitar on his own and teaching himself.

So, if you want to learn sitar but you can’t find a teacher, let Manjit serve as an inspiration.

Please visit his YouTube channel for the full interview and to watch his other performance videos.
Manjit Singh: https://www.youtube.com/user/1966Manjit

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