Sitar Tutor 1 DVD  by Ashwin Batish. Learn the basics of playing the sitar. Proper tuning, hand and sitting positions and other  important techniques to give the begining student  the right start on their road to learning this instrument
Sitar Tutor 2 DVD  by Ashwin Batish. Begining Sitar Exercises. This is one of the best tutors to take the student to the next level of  sitar techinques to give the begining student  the right start on their road to learning this instrument
Sitar Tutor 3  DVD by Ashwin Batish. It sounds simple enough until you go about doing it. Changing the strings on your sitar can  be quite daunting especially to newbies. An instrument repair shop can charge you a lot for this. It can take a  seasoned pro more than two hours for this job. It is good for a sitar student to know how to do this themselves.  What if you are performing and you break a string you have to become an expert to take care of such emergencies!

This video covers the intricate task of replacing all the strings on a sitar. Detailed step-by-step instructions  makes this experience easy and safe. Tips given include how to make proper string loops, clean the frets, polish  the sitar, and how to protect yourself from injury.
Sitar  Tutor #4 - Tweaking Your Sitar

by Shri Ashwin Batish

Sitars coming out of India are invariably in need of tweaking. This is unfortunate as most of the new sitar  students (and a few old ones) have no idea of the mechanics of a sitar and hence cannot set it to play in good  intonation and with the proper action. THis not only makes your learning experience disappointing but is also a  major barrier to a student's musical growth. This tutor covers many of the adjustments necessary to whip your sitar  into performance shape. Topics Covered: Bridge adjustment using harmonics, Main string adjustment, Tuning beads  adjustment, Tuning the frets for proper intonation, Adjustments to maximize the sitar's meend, Shimming the bridge  - Program duration 62 minutes.
Sitar String Set
Batish Style
Batish Standard Sitar String Set: This contains 7 individually packed main and 13 sympathetic strings in a roll.  The 2nd and 4th strings are the same gauge. These strings are very high grade and are packed with instructions for  installation. All strings are carefully cut and wrapped at our facility in Santa Cruz and are some of the best  grade strings available. These are the same strings used by Ashwin Batish himself!
Batish Brand
Low Sa String Set: This contains 7 individually packed main and 13 sympathetic strings in a roll. The 4th string is  the Low Sa bronze gauge 28.5 string. All our strings are very high grade and are packed with instructions for  installation. All strings are carefully cut and wrapped at our facility in Santa Cruz and are some of the best  grade strings available. These are the same strings used by Ashwin Batish himself!
SAT1100 Seiko  Tuner
Great for tuning your sitar veena etc. It has a VU meter so one can judge better how to tune microtones as opposed  to the equal temperament.
Finger Picks for Sitar, Veena: Very good quality, Steel picks. Click on More images for instructions on how to  measure your finger to get a correct fit. This is critical for everyone to do before ordering.
Fret  tying thread for Sitar, Dilruba. 
Available in Yellow or Green. See More images for other style. catalog
Swan Tuner for  Main strings of sitar, tanpura, veena: made of bone. Very good quality. Some sample shapes are given. All pieces  vary in size, shape and looks as they are all individually carved by hand. We recommend that if you are getting a  set of these for a sitar, the largest one should be put on the 1st string. catalog
Main Bridge  for Sitar. catalog
Plastic Swan  for tuning in sitar, veena, tanpura. catalog
Sitar Power  Hats! catalog
Sitar Power  Vinyl LP original Batish release - RARE!! catalog
Sitar  Power Sweatshirts
Large, XL, and XX Large
Please specify size when ordering. Only one gray one left. Size Large.! catalog
Sitar Power 1  T-Shirts for Sale. 50/50 haynes

Sizes presently available Large, XL, and XXL! catalog
Sitar  Power Hats! catalog for kids
In Concert - Part  1 - Ashwin Batish - Sitar, Zakir Hussain - Tabla - Raga Shudha Sarang - Alaap and Gat in medium and fast tintal.

This is the first half of a concert held at the Performing Arts Theatre, University of California, Santa Cruz. It  is a unique and a refreshing experience in the exposition of the North Indian school of music.

(Program duration 56 minutes)! catalog
Morning  Meditation Ragas on Sitar: Shri Ashwin Batish, sitar and Pandit S.D. Batish, tabla. Track Listings:

    Raga Pahadi - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Pahadi - Gat composition in Deepchandi Tal | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Vibhas - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec. and Gat composition in Ektal | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Todi - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec. and Gat composition in Tintal | mp3 sample 40 sec.

All music composed and performed by Ashwin Batish (ASCAP).

This was Ashwin's debut album. It was originally recorded in 1978 and was a cassette only release. This recording  has been re mastered for CD from the original Reel to Reel tape. Some of Ashwin's favorite morning ragas are  presented here being performed in the North Indian classical style. Ashwin's father is accompanying him on the  tabla.
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Exotic  scales of North India: 650+ Ragas written in Staff and Sargam notations, pp. 190.
This encyclopedia is for all musicians interested in boosting their compositional creativity. Notated in Western  staff and Indian sargam, it is a reference guide designed to put you in touch with the wealth of exotic raga scales  of North India. Now you too will have access to the very same knowledge that is an integral part and foundation of  practicing Indian musicians. Keep it handy and tap its wealth. catalog
These are  introductory songs on the ragas of the North Indian Music System with English Lyrics designed especially for the  Western student. The words will teach you the raga’s rules, while the melody will simultaneously unfold the raga’s  image! Listen and Learn ...... An idea so simple yet so brilliant manifested as Panditji and I were trying to  create an educational tool to teach our English speaking students in the West. Rasik Raga Lakshan Manjari is the  product of our quest. It is the first time traditional ragas have been expressed with English words so that  students in the West and all over the English speaking areas of the World can learn the basics of the Hindustani  Raga Padhiti by simply learning a song. Lakshan Geet are introductory raga songs and they express within the song  all the necessary rules that are required to learn and play the raga. These have, in the past, only been available  in Sanskrit and Hindi for Indian students. The compositions that are weaved around the English words are built with  all the Raga's attributes in mind and hence reinforce the words thus making this a very powerful learning tool.  Panditji sings them with powerful yet clear renditions so that the student can sing along. All the ornaments are  expressed and might take a while to digest fully. But in time we are very confident that the student will listen  and learn successfully. catalog
Ashwin Batish  presents 10 of the hottest rhythm cycles of North India in this unique collection that has been compiled especially  for classical and folk music of North India and is an invaluable resourse for Jazz/World musicians and composers  interested in jamming with Tabla grooves.
Rhythms featured are: Tintal-16 beats, Ek Tal-12 beats, Rupak-7 beats, Dadra-6 beats, Keharwa-8 beats, Jhaptal-10  beats, Jhumra-14 beats, Deepchandi-14 beats, Dhamar-14 beats, and Jaltital-16 beats.

There are 10 CDs in all, one for each Tala. Each CD consists of the Theka in three different tempos - slow, medium  and fast. Each track is 15 per tempo. In the case of Tintal and Ektal rhythms, we have included bonus tracks of the  very slow theka. catalog
A publication of the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts

Sitar Lesson 1

by Ashwin Batish
Learn to play the sitar with these online sitar tutorials. written and published by sitar master Ashwin Batish. This first article covers sitar buying tips. Updated 8/20/2003

Sitar Buying Tips

So you have your mind set to learning Indian music on this exotic, dreamy, hypnotic, and most beautifully ornate instrument...... the sitar! .... bravo! you've made a good choice! Next to the tabla, the sitar is probably one the most familiar instrument that people in the world talk about when it comes to the music of India. It is played in the North Indian classical tradition although today It has managed to find a nice niche in Indian film and folk music. It is primarily a solo instrument but it is often seen played in classical duet setting called jugalbandi.

Before you get too excited and jump head over heals over this .....

You first have to own one. So I'm going to deal with that aspect and make you aware of the pitfalls before you lay down your hard earned cash. Just remember that "looks can be deceiving" so tread carefully. Here are some of the pitfalls you should be aware of when trying to buy a sitar.

Owning a sitar is a life's dream of many a student and I have seen quite a few. They usually come up to me on the first day, eyes sparkling, enthusiasm pouring, a wicked smile on their faces... "I just picked this sitar up yesterday from the flea market.... man, I've wanted to own one of these for the last 20 years!.... And now I have it" You can almost sense the joy and satisfaction this new ownership has brought for this lucky sitar player to be.

As the instrument is handed to me, there is a moment of silence and as much as I hate to do it, I invariably find myself giving them the bad news. I want you to avoid this sort of gut wrenching so let me show you what to look for in purchasing a sitar.It is very rare that an instrument picked up in the flea market will be in perfect condition. Even ones that are new from reputable stores will generally need a lot of work before they can be ready for play. Playing a sitar is not just taking a few notes out. I'm talking about having that baby fine tuned so it does not hinder your learning ability.

Problems to watchout for when Buying your Sitar

Cracks Anyone?

1. This is one of the most important checks you can do before you buy a sitar. Some cracks are very hard to locate. The obvious ones are on the gourd. These too are very hard to detect sometimes. Always look under bright lights. Preferably daylight. Usually, if you squeeze gently on the sitar's gourd with both your hands any movements due to a crack on the gourd will quickly show up. If there is a crack in the gourd, and the price is cheap enough, it might be OK to buy it. Gourds are fixable. I'll tackle that in the following lessons. But buy it knowing what you're getting into. If you send out for this work expect to pay between $150 - $250 to fix it to specification. That includes the final stain and varnish to make the gourd look like new again.

2. But here's something to really watch out for - cracks around the holes that house the sitar pegs. These crack are usually found on the seven main sitar pegs. The obvious test for these is if the peg slips while tuning. It will not hold tension. If you try to push the peg in as you tighten it, the crack becomes visible. This my friends is the worst case scenario. Avoid this sitar. It's too much of a headache to fix.

3. The sitar peg itself might be cracked. This happens a lot. The peg looks good from the outside. It is locked in and even holds the string in place. But if you were to pull it out of its hole, It's broken in two! This usually happens when someone new to the sitar and with strength to spare twists the peg really hard into its hole and by doing so regularly during each tuning sessions, literally shatters the peg shaft. This happens if the peg is not seated properly at its points of contact. The tip of the peg makes a strong contact, but the top half of the shaft has a weak grip hence creating a shearing force when the peg is twisted resulting in the shaft shattering. Look for this on all seven pegs for the top seven playing strings. Any one of them could be broken. If the seller allows it, remove each peg from its hole and visually check it. This might cause the whole sitar to go out of tune ... and some sellers will not appreciate this. :-(

4. Another possible crack that can occur is where the sitar face joins the fretboard. This section is about where the last fret of the sitar is located (close to the bridge). This is a very serious problem. This fracture usually happens if the sitar tips and falls. Usually the sitar is leaning against a table or chair etc. and it slips. These are very difficult to verify. As the sitar will still work. But if you were to remove all the tension from the sitar strings, the joint where the fretboard and the face of the sitar come together will visibly move when pressure is applied to both parts.

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