Author Archives: Jeff
Sitar Riyaz: Paltas & Right Hand Strength
Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. This is a livestream video of me practicing Raga Yaman on sitar.
This is part of my daily Sitar Riyaz.
In this video I do a general warm up and some more complicated paltas before playing gat & tans. I then focused on some right hand exercises to help build up additional strength and improve that technique.
Sitar Tan Practice!
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.
StringGym: Practice Tool for Guitar & Sitar
I review the StringGym, a basic but effective practice tool for guitar and sitar players looking to build and maintain the callous on their fingers.
Visit http://www.india-instruments.com to learn more and to purchase.
These sound fantastic
I have extremely excited for the 2017 Jaguar. Fender got this so right. Oh my god this sounds stunning and the controls are a fantastic fresh take while still true to the original.
Sitar Tuning and practicing.
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.
Learn more about the amazing StringGym here: http://www.india-instruments.com/sitar-accessories-details/stringgym.html
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Alap and Jhala Practice: Raag Yaman
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?
Tanpura for riyaz (and a sleepy cat)
If you want a HIGH QUALITY Tanpura and tabla app for your smart phone I suggest iTabla Pro. Here is my unbiased video review: https://youtu.be/_Ql5_7uOiXw
IN the meantime…
Tanpura for riyaz (practice) in the key of D.
Also, the internet seems to love cats so here is a cat.
Practicing Sitar… Mistakes and all!
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!