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.
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.
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.
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.