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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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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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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Blazing Fast Sitar Practice – this was exhausting!

Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. Here is a video of me practicing some of my Taans for Raga Yaman.

My goal tonight was to rebuild some of the speed and strength I lost when I was sick with the flu and I took a week off from practicing.

This video is also a really great example of the importance of practicing as you can see my improvement on the last Taan in the video.

Want to play fast sitar? Practice, Practice, Practice.

I am working to build up speed as my teacher wants me to play between 200 -250 beats per minute (BPM).

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Unboxing my Sitar Strings & Gear: This is what I use.

Hi, I’m Jeff Starr, a sitar student and filmmaker. In this video I unbox all the sitar gear I carry in my “grab bag” and show you what I use when practicing.

Perhaps I should teach you how to tie  sitar strings in an upcoming video?

let me know.

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How to go crazy by missing 1 beat in Tintal

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.

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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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