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rex@sitar.co.za

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Hi!

Can anyone tell me how a Pakhawaj should be tuned to accompany a C# sitar?

Thanks!
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Surbaharplayer

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Errr.. why don't you tune a pakhawaj in C#? The pakhawaj-player I play with every week has several sizes, so he can tune to the pitch of the instruments he accompagnies.

He has played with veenaplayers (G# to A), vocalists (male: C to D or female F to A), but also saxophone (that's eerrr Bes I assume), Sarangi (around D). So pitch should be no problem depending on the size of the pakhawaj.

Sometimes when I play with him he'll tune to Ma or Pa (so he'll use a male vocal pakhawaj; really fun because of the thundering sound compared to the higher pitched G#)
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rex@sitar.co.za

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I think our problem ist the size ofthe pakhawj
It can't be tuned up to c#
However we've experimented and found that it sounds quite good tuned to A flat and F (Pa and Ga)
Thanks for the feedback - I think we need a different sized Pakhawaj to reach C#
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Originally Posted by "rex@sitar.co.za"
I think our problem ist the size ofthe pakhawj
It can't be tuned up to c#
However we've experimented and found that it sounds quite good tuned to A flat and F (Pa and Ga)
Thanks for the feedback - I think we need a different sized Pakhawaj to reach C#
You're on the right track. You could use Ma or Pa that depending on the raga. For example, Malkauns tune a bit lower for Ma. Yemen use Pa.

Surbaharplayer's suggestion is sound (pardon the pun) but if the cost of another pakhawaj is prohibitive, try tuning based on the raga.

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