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rajan

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Hey,

I have just bought a 7-string sitar and am teaching myself to play this instrument.

I am using strings 6 and 7 (raised above the neck of the sitar and
mounted on the two mogara pegs) as the chikari strings.

What should I do with string 5? Can I ignore this string for now or
should I also be using this as part of the chikari strum? String 5 is
obviously very close to strings 6 and 7.

My sitar has a little double hook mounted on fret 20 (the very
bottom fret) which can be used to disable strings 3 and 4. It's also
possible to disable string 5 using this hook.

Regards,
Rajan.
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Originally Posted by "rajan"
Hey,

I have just bought a 7-string sitar and am teaching myself to play this instrument.

I am using strings 6 and 7 (raised above the neck of the sitar and
mounted on the two mogara pegs) as the chikari strings.

What should I do with string 5? Can I ignore this string for now or
should I also be using this as part of the chikari strum? String 5 is
obviously very close to strings 6 and 7.

My sitar has a little double hook mounted on fret 20 (the very
bottom fret) which can be used to disable strings 3 and 4. It's also
possible to disable string 5 using this hook.

Regards,
Rajan.
I am assuming you have a Pancham/Karaj style (Ravi Shankar style) sitar with strings 3 and 4 being heavier brass or bronze bass strings.

The fifth string is indeed the third chicari. You can leave it unstrung only using 6 and 7 as the chicaris (6 is tuned to middle Sa and 7 tuned one ocatve above to high Sa). Or you can tune string 5, depending on the raga. It will usually be tuned to either Ma or Pa, depending on which is dominat in whatewver raga you are playing. For example, Malkauns would have it tuned to MA while Multani would have it tuned to Pa. Ocassionally a "rogue raga" comes along- for example Gujari Todi. For this raga it may well be tuned to the komal Da. Note that whatever note you tune the 5th string to, Ma or Pa, that is in the ocatve below middle sa, so it should be the lowest of the three chicaris.

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element-82

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I would just tune it to Pa unless you have a good reason not to (read Povs post). This is the same pa as the second lowest (near headstock) fret on the main string. It should sound good, nice 5th. You should use it

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Originally Posted by "rajan"
Hey,

I have just bought a 7-string sitar and am teaching myself to play this instrument.

I am using strings 6 and 7 (raised above the neck of the sitar and
mounted on the two mogara pegs) as the chikari strings.

What should I do with string 5? Can I ignore this string for now or
should I also be using this as part of the chikari strum? String 5 is
obviously very close to strings 6 and 7.

My sitar has a little double hook mounted on fret 20 (the very
bottom fret) which can be used to disable strings 3 and 4. It's also
possible to disable string 5 using this hook.

Regards,
Rajan.

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