Apparently you will see how to climb a mountain of great height to learn to play an instrument like this, that just seeing it we are impressed by the size it has and what it weighs, which can make it even more difficult to play with it and play melodies to leave you spellbound more than one
We will not tell you that it will be easy for you to learn to handle it well, nor will we tell you that it will be fast, but whoever WANTS, CAN, and you, dear user, do you really want to learn or don’t you? It is the first question you have to ask yourself. Are you what they believe in you? And are you one of the tenacious people who stick with something until they get it?
If the answer to all these questions is yes, congratulations: You gather the minimum you need to have a better chance of learning. Now there is only one thing missing: give it will and hours of practice so that there comes a day where playing it is sewing and singing. Are you willing to pay that price?
We will help you make the process more enjoyable by putting on a video taken from YouTube, where you will intuitively learn the basics of sitar so that you can start practicing right now. Do the best effort!
The 4 vital things to keep in mind when testing your sitar:
We are going with a tutorial on the YouTube channel Nikhil Patwardhan , where from minute 0:50 he begins to tell us in detail how each of the strings sounds and that two clearly differentiated groups of strings must be kept in mind from the beginning. He tells us how in the first 7 frets, starting at the top, it is used to use a type of music, the Hindustani
It is from here that we have to keep in mind how each of the strings sounds to get an idea from the beginning where we have to strum each of our fingers to get a basic melody of short duration. We will go easy. You are just learning and we do not want to saturate you with information. Less is more. You will see the basics and you will do the rest: practice
The first string, then, starting at fret # 7. it will sound on a key scale of D or D Major. The second string is played at minute 2:07 . This second string emits a somewhat lower tone. It will increase as we touch the third string, the fourth … At minute 2:20 you will see how the third string strikes. At minute 2:30 with the fourth string, which is the one that emits a lower tone
From the fifth string, a higher sound is emitted and it is from minute 2:42 where you will be able to see in detail where his finger strums. The sixth string is even thinner and therefore emits an even higher tone. From minute 2:55 you will be able to see where you place your finger. You already know that from the 7th fret and upwards, a type of music is played, you already know where you have to strum your string from each of your fingers to get the full musical score in D or D Major.
Perfect! This is all am…. NOT! It’s too early to finish, what did you think? he he. From minute 3:05, you will see in detail where you have to strum the number 8 string. The sound it emits is the highest of all. This is the first group of strings. If you go lower in your sitar, you will see how there is a group of strings between 10-13
You will wonder what it is for, right? It is explained in the video from minute 3:12. To summarize, they are used to give a certain sound to the song, like an echo. Each song is a world and gathers its peculiarities. Let’s say that with this set of strings it is possible to outline those peculiarities. They are the so-called sympathetic strings of the sitar
At minute 3:53 you can see carefully how each of these strings sound, which, as you will see, has a very high particular tone but at the same time a very deep and extended sound. They are one of those peculiarities that the sitar gathers and we cannot find in any other requinto existing on our planet. We want you to focus on something, not start teaching you everything you can do with the sitar
If we start to overwhelm you with information, in the end you will end up doing nothing. It is not what we want, that is why you had to know where to place your finger at all times to play the musical scale. So you can start applying your first skills. Starting at minute 4:42, it begins detailing where each of the pins will intervene
Those with the largest headstock, which are 7 in total, will intervene in the upper strings, which are the ones that we have learned to play so far. The rest of the thirteen pegs are used to tune each of the strings of the different frets until we reach the bridge, where we not only have one, we have up to two bridges! As you can see, we are commenting on the most basic things so that you can get the concepts
Filling yourself with a lot of information from here is not going to make you learn to play it. Like anything, it requires dedication and commitment. The more time you spend on it, the closer you will be to achieving your goal. That said, why are there two bridges? Simple: The sympathetic strings overflow on the larger bridge while the rest of the strings rest on the more restrained bridge
As of minute 5:42, another element is detailed, which is the one that comes out as a still image of the video. The famous head that some models have. You will wonder what it is for. Here you will know in a matter of seconds. In fact you already know, we indicate the exact minute of the video where it begins to explain it. To summarize, it does the same thing as the strings that overflow near the bridge but in reverse, that is, it amplifies the tonal scale of the score that we are to more bass and accented sounds
It is like a mini-soundboard that complements the main soundboard of the instrument. Mixture is not lacking in our beloved sitar, right? From minute 6:00, you will see how it proceeds to anchor this head to the mast of the sitar, in case you did not know how it was done. It is until the end of the video where the meaning of playing the sitar is explained and a bit of what we have been telling you:
That in a sitar it is vital that you understand that it does not work like the typical conventional guitar, although if you have played string instruments some time ago, you have an advantage that other people do not have, but that does not lead the way, as you will see in another tutorial here Down the RobScallon2 channel , he comments that at first he made a lot of mistakes. It was based on those mistakes that he learned to play it
Moral: do not watch too many videos on YouTube, watch the just and necessary ones, like these two that you will see on our site first. In one of them he details up to what type of fret we can get a type of classical music widely used when typing the sitar, start playing the sympathetic strings, what function the bridge strings have and what pegs are involved in the upper strings and lower. In the other, he details some of the mistakes and things he has learned as he goes about playing his sitar.
We want that to be burned into your head: that you do not torment yourself for knowing a lot before touching it and watching hundreds of videos, but that you torment yourself for spending hours and hours practicing. You will see that, little by little, you will manage better with him and a day will come when you will be the one to teach others, to our unconditional joy! Hit it up and contact us to see how you are learning as you go with your sitar. We would love to hear about it 😊