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.
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.
Here is a video of me practicing Alap for Raga Yaman.
As many of you already know, sitar is really hard to play!
Raga Yaman Alap is something I have been slowly learning over the years. For the past few months my teacher has been having me focus a lot of Gat and Taans. Then over the past few weeks we started spending more time during my lesson discussing and playing Alap.
Since I was traveling this week I figured I would shoot a video playing alap to document my current progress compared to the previous videos I have posted. You can see those in the links below. I hope I am getting better. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Improving my sitar hand technique and endurance has been a long and difficult task.
As most of you know, I have been working to increase my speed, so while I can play this sitar taan really well at 150 beats per minute, my teacher has given me the goal of playing it at 200bpm. So far 170-175 has been my max speed for this one. Tonight I wanted to push myself so I set the electronic tabla at 180.
This was also a great test of endurance. After doing all of my normal practice, I then focused on this long Taan for about 30 minutes. My hands were exhausted by the end!