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

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?

Sitar Practice: can I play at 220 BPM!?

The live stream video of this sitar practice stutters, sorry!!

I think this is some of my best playing overall so feel free to listen in the background while you do other work.

I play some alap and then focus on gat and taans. My teacher gave me a goal of 200 beats per min. He thinks I can go faster now. Can I?

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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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Sitar Practice: Warm up, Gat and Alap

Here is a live stream video of my sitar practice, mistakes and all. I start with a short warm up, go into Gat and end with some Alap practice.
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Sitar Practice: Raga Yaman Alap, Gat & Taans

Sitar Practice, mistakes and all…

Tonight I’m focused on Raga Yaman Alap, Gat & Taans

Let me know if you like this new Live Stream format. Thanks!

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Raga Yaman Alap, Sitar Practice

Practicing Raga Yaman Alap, live stream.

…some tuning issues.

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The Self Taught Sitarist. Can you learn sitar by yourself?

Frequently I am asked, “Can I teach myself to play sitar” and, “I can’t find a teacher, should I even bother trying to learn sitar on my own?”

Well, thanks to YouTube, I have met many amazing sitar players from all over the world. One of them is Manjit Singh. After he and I chatted a bit he offered to shoot a video talking about his experience learning the sitar on his own and teaching himself.

So, if you want to learn sitar but you can’t find a teacher, let Manjit serve as an inspiration.

Please visit his YouTube channel for the full interview and to watch his other performance videos.
Manjit Singh: https://www.youtube.com/user/1966Manjit

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My Favorite Electronic Tanpura with Tabla App! – iTablaPro Demo

Here is an in-depth review and demo of iTablaPro, a fantastic Electronic Tanpura with Tabla App.

I love this app so much and it has been so useful to my Sitar education that I made a review and demo.

I like it so much that I wanted people to know about it. I think this is the best electronic Tanpura and Tabla app you can buy.

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