Here is a short video of me practicing Alap for Raga Yaman on Sitar.
Tonight I was struggling to play overall, I feel that I am racing and that my sense of phrasing is very random. I couldn’t decide between practicing one phrase multiple times or trying to play “for real.” As a result I feel like this is pretty messy. I chose to upload the video to be honest in documenting my progress.
What is amazing is that at my next sitar lesson my Guru gave me a whole new level of instruction and opened a lot of new doors for me. I hope to grow a lot in the next year.
Tonight I set out to fix an error I had been making when playing a specific Taan in tintal at my last lesson.
I have been really busy with work and haven’t been able to practice sitar enough. I thought I was doing okay but then I shot this video and realized how by missing even a few days it had set me back in my study.
At my lesson I was playing this Taan and ending 1 beat early. Tonight I kept ending one beat late. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. Eventually I figured out that I was adding in a note, but it took me a good 30 min of practice to get there.
So if there is a theme to tonight’s video it’s that I need to practice EVERY DAY. Luckily I was able to recover and get back up to speed, mostly.
This backing track is Inspired by the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” made famous by Albert King on his album, “Born Under a Bad Sign.” If you don’t already own his album do yourself a favor and buy it right away.
The original song doesn’t follow a standard blues structure and the verses run different lengths. I wanted to make this backing track as easy to solo over as possible so I restructured it into the standard 12 bar format.