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

Tanpura for riyaz (and a sleepy cat)

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IN the meantime…

Tanpura for riyaz (practice) in the key of D.

Also, the internet seems to love cats so here is a cat.

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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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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Raga Yaman Alap, Sitar Practice

Practicing Raga Yaman Alap, live stream.

…some tuning issues.

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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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Most Difficult Sitar Gamak Exercise Ever: Part 2

Around September 2016, my teacher gave me this new sitar gamak exercise and told me that it would take a year to master it.

I figured this would make for a great series of videos and I would document my progress.

You can watch Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/Uyn_DP35Bfo

This has been one of the toughest tasks I have faced with the sitar.

Playing this with even tempo and in pitch has been brutal. In addition, I feel like every time I ask my teacher to review I learn that I have been practicing it slightly wrong (or completely wrong) as the subtle elements are beyond my grasp.

Hopefully I am now on the right track. Let’s take a listen and see how I am doing.

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Debut sitar performance in NYC

My teacher said that he booked me for a sitar performance in NYC this December!

I am stressing out!  Back in November 2015 I had my first public performance. I was background music for an event at the Pakistan Mission to The United Nations. It was an honor to be invited to play there, but I was REALLY nervous about it.

In tonight’s video I reflect on that performance, where I am now with my training and I show a super old clip from 2012, after I had taken my third sitar lesson.  I’ve come a long way since then!


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Raga Yaman Alap Practice 10-27-16

In this video I am practicing my opening phrases to the Alap for Raga Yaman.

This is difficult stuff!

I struggled with some pitch issues and my attack on some notes is a little rough but this is all part of the learning process. Hopefully this is an improvement over my last Alap video.

Please leave comments and let me know what you think. I love to read feedback.

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How to play Sitar Fast: playing sitar at 200 beats per minute!

Do you want to learn how to play sitar fast?  So do I!

I am working to build up speed as my teacher wants me to play at 200 beats per minute (BPM). Let’s see how fast I can get today!

Here is a video of me practicing one of my Taans for Raga Yaman. I give all my my Taans nicknames and I call this one “Confused #1.”

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