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

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Sitar Lesson 7 by Ashwin Batish

Stringing a Sitar

I have created a couple of new instructional videos that walk you through some of this process. Video #1 is titled "Changing Your Sitar Strings" and Video #2 is titled "Tweaking Your Sitar" they are the first two in a 3 part series on Maintaining your sitar's peak performance.

I got stung again!

It's February 5, 1998. I am tweaking one of my brand new sitars, getting it ready for sale. Without any warning ..... Ouch, that hurts! I try to tune my sitar and suddenly I get a terrible sting from a wire that has been left dangling from either the tuning peg or while I'm trying to fine tune with a bead behind the main bridge. It's like a sharp needle, it pokes you and it is a horrible feeling ..... I will implore you all to sit down today with your instruments and a sharp pair of wire cutters and cut off some of these needle points. If you have come to avoid this sting then take pity on the possibility of a friend, or a child making the same mistake and yelling out in pain. The worst side of this is that if a steel string is rusted it can be poisoness.

How many times have I experienced this? Enough times so that I am a bit ticked off. I will implore all the manufacturers and dealers of sitars to please do a good job of stringing the instruments!

I have strung the sitar more times than any of you can imagine. Since I was 12, I have taken care of all my father's string instruments. That included learning (sometimes the hard way) about putting strings on an instrument and tweaking it. I have had my share of bad jobs (quite a few as a matter of fact). But the thing I have learned from this is that all you need is a little patience and a wire cutter. It just takes a few minutes and you have a well manicured sitar. This is why I cannot understand how many instrument delears can sell their instruments and not put any effort into tweaking the instruments to feel and sound their best. The payback is enormous in terms of goodwill and satisfaction. Don't, give us a bad or a sloppy job of re-stringing any stringed instrument.

Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when re-stringing your sitar.

  • mark the position of your bridge prior to cutting off the strings
  • Replace one string at a time
  • Make good tight anchor loops at one end of the string
  • Have a wire cutter handy
  • Always put the end of the string twice in the tuning peg.
  • Remove the excess slack form each string after installation
  • Tune your sitar

I will teach you to make the best loops for your instrument. It takes a little patience and a little practice to get the perfect loops. But the rewards are many. Amongst them are no "ouches" and your sitar will stay in tune.

Mark the position of the main and the sympathetic bridges

Many newbies will forget to do this. The result, your frets don't sound in tune anymore! Don't trust the old marks your bridge might have made when the instrument maker first set the bridge. This is usually wrong. And I just can't figure out why this is so. You'd think that someone capable of making such a fine instrument would align the bridge and frets to the proper intonation prior to shipping??? Oh well.....

Replace one string at a time

I remember when I replaced the spark plugs in my car for the very first time..... In my enthusiasm I took out all the wires and the plugs without marking them. When I put in the new ones I forgot whick ignition wire goes where.... the result .... a car that wouldn't start! I had to pay a mechanic more money than I saved to fix the problem!

Expect this chaos if you do what I did when changing sitar strings. Pegs can get mixed up and you'll find that they don't fit in the holes as well as they did. The proper way is to replace one string at a time or, if you want to remove all of them, mark them well.

Make good tight anchor loops at one end of the string

Looping is no secret. But you have to have some practice. Coupled wth this is the fact that you might seem a bit clumsy at first but as you get more at home with handling strings this job gets easier. Remember strings, especially steel ones, are fine and slippery. In the sense that as you twist them to make a loop, the end section can, without warning, slip and end up in your hand or finger. So be very careful. An easy way to aviod this mishap is to take a larger string section to loop. Here are some diagrams explaining the looping for anchoring the string.

Have a wire cutter handy

Go buy a really good wire cutter. I have tried working with the cheapest and believe me it's not worth the hassle of saving a few dollars. A finely crafted cutter is sharp from the tip to the end. But don't trust a brand. Hold the cutter up to the light. There should be no gaps between the cutting blades. A quality wire cutter will also last much longer. Also find one that cuts the string flush. Some of the cutters have a beveled edge and hence will leave a bit of wire protuding. This can result in minor puncture wounds to you.

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