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Jonathan B.

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  • Speaks German
  • Teaches students 1 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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Jonathan B.

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I studied Sitar with Allyn Miner who is in the lineage of Allauddin Khan, Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. Raga theory is also essential to how I teach other genres of music such as the Blues. I can teach you about buying a Sitar and using it to play both Hindustani Classical and adaptiations of other styles of music.

About Jonathan

I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn

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Erika
Jonathan is incredibly skilled, a great teacher, fun, and very patient with our gregarious and somewhat distracted 9-year old boy. He has creative, tailored teaching techniques, will try new things, but also keeps our son motivated and progressing. He responds perfectly and patiently to my son when he veers off task, and gets him back on task. We are absolutely thrilled and couldn't have found a better teacher.
Jackie G.
My son has special needs related to an anoxic brain injury. This can create frustration with simple things like learning a new chord that feels funny or is difficult to move your fingers to. He always checks in with us to see what concerns we have and then, helps us by offering suggestions on how to make something easier or less frustrating to learn. I think Jonathan does a good job of meeting us where we are. Jonathan is patient with both of us. Today, he talked to my son about practicing communicating so we can understand how to help him learn. He talked to me about it being ok to break away from the timing and to hit chords at the same time as my son so the song can come together.
Jackie G.
Jonathan is flexible and easy to work with. My son has some struggles as a result of an anoxic brain injury. Jonathan is very understanding and patient with my son. He has also helped me with advice and suggestions on how to work with my son. We love the spirit of the ukulele and the good vibes it has.
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Omar W.

55 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks Punjabi, Spanish, English, Hindi, Urdu
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Awarded Excellence in Sitar from The Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts (AIMFA)
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Omar W.

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Ever wanted to learn about the Sitar? I can show the foundation of Hindustani Classical music along with techniques on how to play the sitar. I have studied sitar myself for about 8 years, and travels to India to have my sitar hand made for me.

About Omar

My passion is sharing music with people. I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio producti

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Grant
Omar is an amazing teacher! He has taught me a lot about the the history and how to properly play the sitar. Highly recommend learning from him if you are interested in the sitar : )
David Hines
Omar is very knowledgeable and able to convey that knowledge in an effective and efficient way.
Poonam S.
Omar is great! Super knowledgeable and informed, and friendly! would definitely recommend!
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Karen D.

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  • Teaching since 1980
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Karen D.

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Sitar:
A plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Hindustani music and Indian classical music. The instrument is believed to have been derived from the Vena, an ancient Indian instrument. Besides learning how the instrument is held and plucked the student will learn how to tune, play and read notes, rhythms, songs and the basics of music.

About Karen

Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Musi

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Erika H.
Karen is an incredibly skillful teacher. She is very passionate about music and it easy to be comfortable with her. She shares her training and knowledge very clearly. The vocal exercises seem very unique and holistic for body and voice health. She is very encouraging, caring, and soul-uplifting. I feel like I have a new connection with my voice and all that is connected to using it... as an instrument and the journey is only just starting. 45 minutes went by so fast. I am looking forward to my next lessons.
Earl L.
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Catherine
I thought I wanted to take viola lessons. Then I read her website and I realized that she might be able to help me get my voice back! I thought there was no hope ever. She has been extremely generous with her time, and I haven't seen her yet, but I'm not buying the viola I was planning on buying. I play cello, and piano still, but I am going to see if she can help me with my voice. She sounds incredible. I never dreamed that I could even have HOPE like this!

Tim M.

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  • Bachelors in Music from University of California, San Diego
  • Teaching since 2011
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Tim M.

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focused practice on technique and Hindustani classical music on the sitar, working on different ragas as well as the rhythmic intricacies of Indian music

About Tim

I'm a multi instrumentalist with a decade of performing and teaching experience on the bass, guitar, piano, cello, sitar, and more. Ive performed on the Grammys, toured internationally, and studied music in a multitude of styles on many instruments, including a bachelors degree from University o

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"Omar taught me Guitar and Sitar and it was a blast! He is an amazing teacher and took the time out to make lessons that were custom for my needs. Thank you~!"
Ilana
Took Sitar lessons from Omar W.
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"Omar is very knowledgeable and able to convey that knowledge in an effective and efficient way."
David Hines
Took Sitar lessons from Omar W.
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"There's not enough stars for Omar. Omar taught me Sitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Indian Classical music. He is super patient, supportive, professional and tailors lessons to your goals. Plus he makes his own videos to support his students! I have never met a more passionate music teacher and his knowledge of music comes from all over the world.
I know someone who started taking lessons from Omar who couldn't afford more then the broken guitar he had. Omar traded him a guitar he BUILT for the broken guitar [and later on fixed it up].
If that's not enough because of Omar I've been on tour. No one else has been able to help me in understanding and appreciating music as much as Omar has."
Ilana
Took Sitar lessons from Omar W.
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"Omar taught me Guitar and Sitar and it was a blast! He is an amazing teacher and took the time out to make lessons that were custom for my needs. Thanks!~

- Ilana A."
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Private Sitar Lessons Near You

The sitar originated in the subcontinent of India and is thought to get its name from a Persian instrument called a setar, which means three strings. In spite of its nomenclature, the sitar actually has seven strings. The instrument features a long, hollow neck, gourd-shaped resonance chamber, synthetic strings, and unique bridge design. 

The timbre and resonance of the sitar comprise the quintessential sound that you think of when you think of music from India. It's commonly used to play Hindustani classical music, having reached its peak of popularity during the 17th and 18th centuries in India. The popularity of the sitar, however, spread around the world in the 1950s and 1960s thanks to the more modern compositions of Ravi Shankar. During the same period and into the 1970s, the sitar also became a popular addition in American music, finding a place in songs written and performed by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and others. 

Why Learn to Play Sitar?

If you love the enchanting music of the sitar, then there's no reason not to start learning. Since the sitar is a fretted string instrument, you won't have to learn the muscle memory required to find specific locations on strings to produce notes. Instead, you'll be able to use the frets as a guide. 

Although the sitar's sounds, scales, and harmonics vary from those used commonly in traditional western music, learning to play the sitar will improve your musical ear. You'll have the opportunity to explore a whole other world of music. Studying with a private teacher will make learning to play much more accessible. 

The Best Way to Learn Sitar and What You'll Study in Lessons

Although you can find lots of free sitar lessons and tutorials online, the best way to learn to play is with a private sitar teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive your teacher's undivided attention and the sort of personalized instruction that simply isn't available for free online or in a larger class setting. With immediate feedback, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve quickly, while focusing on the type of music you love most.

Plus, every private lesson is different. Teachers completely customize classes, keeping the student's goals, interests, existing knowledge, and preferred learning styles in mind. For example, sitar lessons for children differ in terms of content and methods from sitar classes for adults. Your sitar tutor will keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Sitar

If you have little to no previous experience playing the sitar, then beginner lessons are right for you. In these courses, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of music theory and some basic techniques to help you get comfortable playing your instrument. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Instrument anatomy and care
  • Learn how to hold the sitar, the proper sitting position, and how to use the mezrab (metal pick)
  • Learn how to tune the sitar's seven strings, learn each string's note/pitch, and learn the frets
  • Play basic melodies

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Sitar

If you're already familiar with the basics of playing sitar, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, your teacher will introduce you to some more complex and challenging techniques. You'll strengthen your skills with exercises and challenges yourself to take your musical abilities to the next level. In these lessons, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • String bending
  • Practice increasingly difficult meend exercises
  • Learning unique tempos and sounds of sitar
  • Study the Bhatkhande notation system

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Sitar

Advanced sitar classes are intended for students who have already reached a high level of accomplishment with the sitar. In these lessons, you'll have the opportunity to improve and polish your technique and style, while studying with a professional sitar player. Topics covered in advanced courses depend on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following subjects:

  • Development of individual style
  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Experimenting with different musical genres
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation

How to Find a Sitar Teacher Near You

If you're ready to learn the sitar, studying with a private sitar tutor will give you a strong start. Luckily, finding any sort of teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to a long list of highly qualified and experienced sitar teachers who offer lessons online and in-person to students of all ages and abilities. Before choosing a teacher, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other sitar students.

The cost of sitar classes varies, but TakeLessons teachers base their rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many tutors to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding a teacher whose courses fit your budget and schedule. Plus, you'll find investing in private classes pays off fast, as your technique and musical understanding improve with only a few lessons.