Teaching since 2010
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Private Sitar Teacher
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 adaptations of other styles of music.
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
Teaching since 1980
Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
Private Sitar Teacher
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.
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She didn't have one, so she could never demonstrate anything I asked about. She didn't know the key layout. She didn't know the conventions for numbering fingers. She didn't know the basic home key scale pattern.
I waited until I'd finished four classes with my new teacher before writing this so I'd have a good basis for comparison. He is immensely better at teaching this than she was. It further convinced me that she never should have represented herself as competent to teach this particular instrument.
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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, t
he 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.