Sitar Practice: Paltas and Alap 5.28.2016

In this video practicing paltas and the opening to Alap. I’m planning to document my sitar practice on a regular basis.

Paltas are melodic patterns to train your left and right hand using the notes of the Raga you are practicing. I’m working on raga Yaman.

Later I practice my opening to the Alap portion of Raga Yaman.

I took my first sitar lesson on January 27th, 2012.

Practicing Sitar: Raga Yaman, Alap

I have been taking sitar lessons since 2012. I have been slowing learning to play Alap for about 2 years. It’s really hard!

This is a video to document where I currently am with my progress and to get feedback from others.

I hear so much in my playing that needs improvement but people ask to hear me play all the time so I thought I would record something short.

I am playing a Barun Ray (Hiren Roy’s son) sitar.

Thanks for watching! Please feel free to comment.

Sitar after 2 years of lessons. Gat in Raga Yaman. 2014

I took this video so I could compare it to last year’s status. My teacher also has me playing Alap and Jor, but I’ll save those videos for another day.
I am playing a used Barun Ray (Hiren Roy’s son) sitar. I purchased this sitar only a few weeks ago so I’m still getting used to it’s feel. It’s a huge improvement over my old Radha Krishna Sharma sitar. Video shot on the Zoom Q3HD.