Learning The Sitar for Beginners | Sitar Lessons Notes for Beginners | Maihar Gharana Style







by Prabir Bhattacharya

20 Years Experience

An empanelled artist in ICCR, Govt. of India. Recipient of Sangeet Ratna & Nirodbaran awards.

US $24 per class |

for 1-on-1, 45 mins class

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: English

Course Summary

Learn everything you need to know to start playing sitar from an expert musician, Prabir Bhattacharya. This 27-week course covers basic knowledge of the instrument, its use and how to play. Students will learn posture and instrument placement, scales and exercises they can use to build their skills. Perfect for complete beginners with an interest in sitar and Hindustani classical music, this course will leave students with a fundamental understanding of their instrument. 

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Prabir Bhattacharya

Experience: 20 Years

From: India

  • Teacher Skill Keywords

    Maihar Gharana Style, Sitar
  • Education

    Master of Arts from Rabindra Bharati University.

    Ph.D. from Rabindra Bharati University

  • Work Details

    Visiting Lecturer - Satya Sai University of Higher Learning

  • 198 Online live sessions completed

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  • About the Course

    Learning Sitar for Beginners is an overview of everything a student needs to know to get started as a sitarist. Through a series of live online learning sessions with an expert, students master the mechanics of the sitar and learn how to position oneself and the instrument, followed by learning to play and practice notes and melodies. Lessons include basic scales, Suddha and vikrita swaras, Bilawal and Kaphi thaat, Swara Prastar and Paltas exercises. These lessons are the building blocks of Hindustani music and will provide students with a foundational knowledge of this classical instrument.

    Best for complete beginners, this course covers the basics of sitar playing and classical Indian music. After the successful completion of this course, students will be able to play simple compositions and exercises. Each student will benefit from Prabir Bhattacharya’s extensive background in music, including his experience as a scholar, educator, performer and composer. Mr. Bhattacharya teaches the concepts of this course through lectures and demonstrations, as well as question and answer sessions with students. Students will need their own sitar and time to set aside for lessons and practice for the duration of the course.

    After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Prabir Bhattacharya: Mastering the Sitar for Advanced Students | Maihar Gharana Style

    About Prabir Bhattacharya: Prabir Bhattacharya is a highly accomplished musician and exponent of the new generation of sitarists, bringing passion and expertise to each of his lessons. Studying since the age of 12, Mr. Bhattacharya trained under world-renowned artists. He has two degrees in music from Rabindra Bharati University, a bachelor of arts with honors and a master of arts, as well as numerous awards and scholarships. For the last 10 years, he’s been performing in India and abroad, including a recent tour in Russia. Mr. Bhattacharya is also dedicated to education and continues to serve as a visiting fellow at the Sai Mirpuri Music College of Higher Learning. 

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    A sitar can have 18, 19, 20, or 21 strings, of which 6 or 7 of these are playable strings that run over curved, elevated frets; others are sympathetic strings that run beneath the frets and resonate in harmony with the playing strings. These strings are typically used to set the mood of a raga at the start of a performance.

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