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David Courtney: Learning The Sitar: Sitar

Instrumental Tutor | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Sitar
Composer David Courtney
Publisher Mel Bay Publications

The Sitar has been popular since the 1960s. Since that time it has always had a considerable mystique among musicians. It also has an undeserved reputation for being difficult to play. This book/audio set cuts though the mystique and misapprehensions and presents the material in a simple fashion that is easily understood.

Learning The Sitar begins with basic background information, including a discussion of Indian music, the history of the instrument, the parts and other important terms. It then moves on to basic exercises and finally finishes with some simple compositions in Bilawal, Kalyan and Kafi. This is covered in a mix of staff notation as well as raditional Indian Sargam notation. This book includes access to online audio.

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Product Format Instrumental Tutor
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Pages 70
ISBN 9780786694525
Edition Number MLB20870M
Catalog No. MB20870M
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Songlist

  1. Different Approach to the Music
  2. Different Approach to the Instrument
  3. Purpose of this Book
  4. History
  5. Before the Sitar
  6. Invention of the Sitar
  7. Historical Figures
  8. Basics of Indian Music
  9. Melodic Fundamentals
  10. Harmony
  11. Key
  12. Musical Notes
  13. Just Intonation vs Equal Temperament
  14. Intervals
  15. Register
  16. Drone
  17. Parts of the Sitar
  18. Basic Parts of the Sitar
  19. Functional Breakdown of the Strings
  20. Stringing and Tuning
  21. The Strings
  22. Attaching the Strings
  23. Specific Tunings of the Strings
  24. Auxiliary Strings
  25. Positioning of the Frets
  26. Basic Technique
  27. Sitting and Holding Position#1
  28. Sitting and Holding Position#2 (Ravi Shankar Style)
  29. Women's Sitting Position
  30. Mizrab
  31. Right-Hand Position and Striking
  32. Bols
  33. Left-Hand Technique
  34. Getting Started
  35. The ?Ra? Stroke
  36. Exercises
  37. That
  38. Bilawal That
  39. Kalyan That
  40. Kafi That
  41. Khammaj That
  42. Asawari That
  43. Purvi That
  44. Bhairav That
  45. Bhairavi That
  46. Marwa That
  47. Todi That
  48. Rag
  49. Aroh Avaroh
  50. Jati
  51. Pakad
  52. Ornamentation
  53. Other Characteristics
  54. Tal
  55. Clapping and Waving
  56. Sam
  57. Tabla
  58. Theka
  59. Prakar
  60. More Technique
  61. Dira
  62. Chikari
  63. Rag Bilawal
  64. Gat in Rag Bilawal
  65. Tuning
  66. Rag Bhupali
  67. Beginner's Gat in Rag Bhupali
  68. Rag Bhageshri
  69. Gat in Bhageshri
  70. Conclusion
  71. Appendix 1 - Resources
  72. Appendix 2 - String Gauges
  73. Appendix 3 - Further Reading
  74. Appendix 4 - Glossary
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