Item #: VBS2
Sitar master Shri Ashwin Batish provides exercises and instruction for the intermediate student. Illustrating steps that are very important even for the initiated. Topics covered are: Alaap in raga Yaman; Tuning without a tone generator; Alternative sitar holding positions; Right hand exercises - Da, Ra, DiRa, DR; Exercises in Bilaval Thaat; A right hand exercise using Da Ra Da; Four beat exercise using Da Ra Da Ra; Chikari explained; Two, three and four beat Chikari exercises; Chikari application in performance. Program duration 65 minutes, DVD
Item #: VBS1
Sitar master Shri Ashwin Batish starts this video from the very basics. Illustrating steps that are very important even for the initiated. Topics covered are: Sitar Paraphernalia; Half-lotus Sitting Position; Right and Left Hand Positions; Note Production; The Two Layers of Strings explained; Indian Sargam Note Names; Tuning of Top Strings (PA/SA); Tuning of Sympathetic Strings; The Mizrab; Sitar parts; Close-up of accessories box; How to move sitar frets; Learning Indian music vs learning the sitar; and A short performance. Makes a great gift for any student of Sitar. Program duration: 65 minutes. DVD
Item #: LIST
By Ram Avtar "Vir". Provides instruction of handling, care, style of playing, exercises, music and more.
Item #: VBST
By Ashwin Batish. Topics covered include Bridge adjustments, Main string adjustments, Tuning Bead adjustments, Tuning frets, and more. Sitars coming out of India are invariably in need of tweaking. This tutor covers many of the adjustments necessary to ship your sitar into performance shape. Program duration 62 minutes. DVD.