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Online sitar lessons are taught via Skype by professional sitarists with decades of experience. You'll be assured personalised training from our sitar teachers.

Choose any of the courses offered by renowned sitar players in India. The course will be structured based on your goals. Read more about the courses from the list above.

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How to learn Hindustani sitar at home?

Word renowned sitar masters offer live, 1 on 1 sitar classes on ipassio. These include disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankar ji, Grammy nominees and many others. Therefore students get access to such teachers directly from home. These sitar teachers are currently active with live shows and performances. Getting practical wisdom can be possible only through an online format. This eliminates you of the need to travel to local institutions to learn sitar near you.

Why sitar classes from ipassio?

If you want to learn sitar basics or if you want to pursue advanced sitar training, our proficient masters can guide you to the right musical path, here at ipassio. Even for a complete sitar beginner, our courses can be deemed perfect. Since our format enables learning from home, you can conveniently be sitting at home and avail our lessons. Our teachers guide you in tuning sitar, sitting postures, hand positioning along with accurately guiding you in playing Sitar. Also, our teachers can assist you in buying a sitar. The make, price and other details that can be suggested by the teachers. It will help you in confidently making

Topics to be covered

Courses begin with laying a strong foundation on hindustani classical that relies heavily on the saptak & sargams. Based on this, you’ll have a better understanding of raags and taals. A few of the ragas that’ll taught are yaman, bhupali, bageshree, todi and malkauns. A composition in 16 beats or teen tala will be taught on sitar with fixed taan and jhala. Alap which related to instrumental performances and Gamak will be taught. Gamak is the alankar that emphasizes on the raga’s individual characteristic.

History of sitar instrument

Flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, sitar is used in Hindustani classical music. The name is derived from a Persian instrument “setar”. Sitar flourished during the Mughal era in India. Used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, it has been popularised all around the globe by Ravi Shankar, beginning in the late 1950s and 60s. In appearance, it is much similar to tanpura.

Learn sitar tuning

Sitar tuning depends largely on the school/style of the player. Tuning as per Pandit Ravi Shankar’s style and Vilayat Khan’s style are different. Maihar gharana, to which Ravi Shankar belonged, used Kharaj-pancham sitar that has 7 playable strings, whereas Gandhaar-pancham sitar used by Vilayat Khan has only 6 strings. For every raga, sitar player has to re-tune the instrument. Strings are tuned by tuning pegs and by a bead threaded on each string that can be slid across for fine-tuning.

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