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.

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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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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Developing Sitar Taan Speed

Tonight I am playing 1 sitar taan for about 30 min and increasing the speed as I go.

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Raga Yaman Alap, Sitar Practice

Practicing Raga Yaman Alap, live stream.

…some tuning issues.

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Interview with American Sitarist Chris Stephens

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.

You can learn more about Chris at the following links:
http://www.chrisstephensmusic.net
https://chrisstephens.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/chrisitar
https://www.patreon.com/ChrisStephens

If you play sitar, please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/Sitar/ and contribute to the discussion on Reddit.

You can find the Bela Fleck album we discuss at this link:
http://amzn.to/2lvY0jo

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