Sitar Speed Breakthrough

My teacher has been pushing me to increase my sitar speed so that I can play at 200 beats per minute (BPM).

I was traveling a while back and using my secondary sitar when I had a breakthrough in speed… Here is a video of my progress.

Here is an old video about the sitar I am playing, I have improved a lot since it was recorded: https://youtu.be/PUA3P_YwMOA

For those curious, I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.
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Practicing Alap, Raga Yaman: 04.04.2017

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. 

Sitar Tuning for Beginners: Movable Frets

This week a viewer asked me questions about tuning problems on his sitar. So, here are some common fixes and information about sitar frets.

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Lots of Alap (and thoughts on my sitar lesson)

Hi, today I had a 2 hour sitar lesson! I wanted to practice more alap tonight before I forgot everything.

Here are links to the videos I reference:
Sitar Speed Breakthrough: https://youtu.be/BEP9cmqayiU
I bought a Sitar! Is this Ravi Shankar Style? https://youtu.be/PUA3P_YwMOA

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How to string a Sitar

Tonight I’m showing how to string a sitar.

I cover how to tie a sitar string loop, chalk pegs and the process of tuning.
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Blues Music on Sitar? You asked for it!

A while back I asked everyone to suggest sitar videos I should make.

The overwhelming favorite idea was to record a song playing Sitar and Guitar together.

This is the resulting video!

Want to learn more about the “Sitar Guitar” in the background? Watch this video: https://youtu.be/ZSJn_k-FGFQ

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Sitar Gamak Practice. Ouch!

Sitar Gamak practice… Mistakes and all.

I am trying to build up speed. This is REALLY hard.
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Gretsch Jim Dandy and New Camera set up!

Playing my lovely Gretsch Jim Dandy guitar and testing out my new Live Streaming camera set up!

It was a lot of work and late nights trying to get all of this gear to sync up together. I am really happy with the result. Plus I think I played guitar nice in the video too.

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