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 8
Traditional and alternative sitar holding and sitting positions

by Ashwin Batish

Hold your sitar right!

There have been a lot of questions put to me regarding how to hold the sitar. Many of you are familiar with the half lotus sitting position. This is the position portrayed in the image to the left. This is the traditional position and probably used 99 percent of the time. So with this acceptibility level why bother. Just try your best and follow it and you are there.

Striving for the half-lotus position is your best bet. But, ever since I have been in the West I have noticed the Western student struggle. A part of me tells me to leave it at at that. After all that's the only way to get atuned to the posture, and, improvements can be made over the years .... yes you heard that right "over the years!" In Indian music terms we think of the learning process over time unlike the TV ad I recently saw that promised to teach the guitar in 10 easy lessons :) But then there is the part of me that has coached many students to break this traditional posture for one that is easier on the limbs especially if the student is handycapped. To be out of proper position means you are not going to play much sitar and eventually you will abandon it. To me that is very sad. So, I will suggest some newer approaches that I have had success with. I hope some of you will find these beneficail and hence provide you with another chance at playing this beautiful instrument

Therefore, I would like to share with you some alternate holding positions for anyone finding the traditional half-lotus position is totally impossible. Choose the one that most suits you.

The relaxed half-lotus

This is when instead of placing your sitar gourd on your left foot you drop the gourd so that it rests on the floor instead. You need to have a carpet underneath or carry a pillow so that the gourd does not get scratched.

The sideways position

This a common way recommended for women since a half-lotus position is frowned upon in India as it shows off too much. It is similar to how women were taught to ride side-saddle on a horse. You simply sit with both your legs crossed over to one side and lean with your right hand over the main gourd.

The squating lap position

Instead of the half-lotus position squat with both legs crossed. Now place the sitar over your right lap and place your right hand over the gourd to stabalize it. The problem with this position is that the sitar fretboard becomes a bit too high. This is probably best for tall people.

The standing position

This is best if you cannot sit at all. In this position you simply stand like a flamenco guitar player and place your right leg over a chair or a stool. Then place the gourd over the right leg and your right hand over the gourd to stabalize the sitar. Actually, I use this position whenever I play with a rock band and there is no where to sit. Well sometimes you have to play in tight spaces!!

The Table position

You simply place the main gourd on the table and stabalize the sitar with your right hand. Just make sure you have some sort of cushion for the gourd to rest on

The Chair position

You simply sit on the chair. Have a small 6 inch stool to place your right leg on. Then place the sitar gourd on the right leg and stabalize the sitar with your right arm over the gourd.

The lying down position

.... just kidding :) but hey I'm going to try this ....It just might work!

It is very natural for us to be ambitious and want to grasp knowledge and skills as quickly as possible so we may enjoy the fruits of our interests ASAP. This is probably the strongest part of the human programming gene. It is a good thing but remember not all skills and knowledge come instantly. There are steps to follow and blocks to build on, and, some skills are honed by practice and a lot of repetition. This is probably the biggest secret for learing music. As the famous saying goes...... "to be great, it takes 99% perspiration and 1 % genious!" That means practice! This practice applies to your siting position and your hand positions and your playing etc.

Many of you are familiar with yoga. This will help you sustain the position longer.

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.

Two Tutors for learning the sitars are also available "Introduction to Sitar" and "Beginning Sitar Exercises". Please visit the above links for more information.

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