PancakeBill said:Amusing, but never really liked the sound of sitar.
An interesting sound, but if you have to sit like that to play a sitar, then leave me out. I'd be stuck in that position the rest of my painful life.Luca1369 said:I suppose it's difficult to appreciate, might sound too "twangy" to some, it did to me too until I realized the how the structure of the instrument creates its unique sound and just how superb a musician some Sitar players are.
Below is a link to a raga performed by Ravi Shankar and featuring his daughter Anoushka. Watch and listen to it and you might enjoy his fingerpicking technique, his sheer speed is amazing on some of his runs. His daughter, although in traditional garb here, is very much into modern music and blending it with more traditional Indian ragas. I must warn you it's a bit long perhaps at 11 minutes, about the length of a short Grateful Dead number.
From what I understand it really helps to study yoga if you want to play the sitar. That helps sitting and playing the sitar since it is an awkward instrument to play. I have seen Ravi Shankar in concert twice and it was two of the high points of my life. He is one of the most amazing musicians I have ever seen. But I have never had any desire to learn the sitar.Molaker said:An interesting sound, but if you have to sit like that to play a sitar, then leave me out. I'd be stuck in that position the rest of my painful life.
Nope, I saw him first in 1967 at the Hollywood Bowl and the second time in 1974 on George Harrison's Dark Horse tour. I didn't get high the first time until 1977 so I was straight as an arrow both times I saw him. I recently bought Concert For George and his daugher conducting was one of the high points of the concert.PancakeBill said:As to hearing him in concert being two high points in your life? I have no doubt. I would have had to have been high as well.
Tom said:Does George Harrison play the sitar?