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shazad

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Hi everyboy,

I'd just like to say first that i'm french. Sorry if i make some mistakes

My father bring me a sitar that he buy in Pakistan (Lahore).
Here is the photo of my little problem:

http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/9767/dsc0604q.jpg


As you can see, there is just 3 frets before the compartment where you can find the first sympathetic string.

Do you find it's normal? When i look pictures of other sitars , i see 4 frets.

Thanks a lot for your answers.

Shazad
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Hi, Shazad.

NO PROBLEM with your sitar. Those first two small pegs are for the "chikari" strings. These are the two strings on the edge of the main bridge that each go to a small bone post along the side of the neck. Everything else looks ok. By the way, your English is way better than my French. I salute you !

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shazad

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Hi Sitarfixer,

Thank you for your answer so fast and gentil .
I'm a beginner and i think that i am so much anxious that i am happy .

I just put a last picture and after i promise you to stop my anxiety .

Here is the picture:

http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/4489/tuningrscomplete1.jpg

I draw on this picture the 4 compartments that i see on other sitars. My sitar have just 3 compartments and after you can find in the compartment 4, the first sympathetic string.
On the picture the first sympathtic string is in the compartment 5.

I put another picture of my photo :

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/9767/dsc0604q.jpg

Thank you in advance.

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There is no fixed plan for sitar design. Some sitars have 11 bottom strings. Some have 12. Some have 13. The chikari pegs can be positioned at 'compartment' 1 and 3 or 'compartment' 2 and 4. These are hand made instruments with no fixed plan or measurement (much as I would like to see differently). Just approximate guess and best fit is the general rule. Your sitar is fine just the way it is. Tune it up and enjoy playing it.

All the best !

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shazad

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Hi Sitarfixer,

A really really big big thank to you .
I feel better now. I have tuned my sitar and the sound is marvellous.

All the best for you too......

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Glad I could help out. Those two pegs have the wire wrapped on the outside - obviously to go to the main bridge. If you could, please, post a picture of the front view of the entire instrument. Would like to see.

All the best.

Tony K

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shazad

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Hi Sitarfixer,

Here is some photos like you ask me. If i have well understood.

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5253/dsc0607se.jpg

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/8066/dsc0608d.jpg

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/7152/dsc0609m.jpg

If i try to make the entire instrument, i think that you will not see the details.
I continue to try.

I take advantage of your kindness for asking to you, if you know a website where we can find sitar tablature

Thank you Tony K.

Shazad
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Hi again.

Your sitar is classic Pakistan design. Nice frets too ! Those two strings that go over the posts on the side of the neck. The longer one ( #6 ) is placed correctly. The shorter one ( #7 ) has the wire going underneath those pegs. Not good. Place that wire over the top of the peg shafts like #6.

Sitar tablature ! ? ! It would look like a road map of Paris if there were such a thing ! ! ! There are some tuning charts that people have drawn up. That will at least get the tuning for you as what string goes where and what note it can be tuned to. There are some books available but other than general information, they won't be of much use other than getting you started with the very basic exercises. Find a teacher ! ! ! That's your best bet. Youtube and other online sources will help and give you some ideas ( good and bad ). Thanks you for the pics. Your sitar is most handsome and truely a classic design.

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shazad

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Hello Sitarfixer,

Excsuse me , i was not at home since a long time.
Thank you for all your good advice.

While waiting for a teacher i ve found a website not so bad. Here it is :

http://www.sharda.org/SitarLessons.htm

Thank you. All the best......

Shazad
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Looks like you're on your way. Have a good time !
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