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daz199

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can somebody tell me the tuning he uses? ive been tuning ravi shankar style, thought id give the other style a try...
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1st peg.........ma................. #4 steel .013"
2nd peg..............................not used
3rd peg.........sa...............................#.016" ph. bronze
4th peg.........ga..................#4 steel - .013"
5th peg.........pa.................# 3 steel - .012"
6th peg.........sa chic...........#0 steel - .009
7th peg........high sa chic.....#0 steel - .009"
Sympathetic strings.............#1 steel - .

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thanks!
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Jay, I hear him often tuned to western D and I doubt he is using a .013 if he is tuned that high. A .012 is more likely. Lokewise with the Ga. If you have a reliable source for that info, I'm all ears.
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Jay, I hear him often tuned to western D and I doubt he is using a .013 if he is tuned that high. A .012 is more likely. Lokewise with the Ga. If you have a reliable source for that info, I'm all ears.
Good point sitarman....I copy/pasted this from a website, more for the set up and tuning not the gauges.

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Joshua Feinberg

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hi sitarman,

honestly, i have no clue what gage string Shahidji uses, but one thing thats important to keep in mind is that the Imdad Khani sitars are shorter than Maihar sitars. that means that the string tenson will be less on an Imdad Khani instrument at the same pitch as a Maihar instrument, making it easier for them to play higher. that being said, i have many recordings of Nikhil Banerjee playing at or just below D with a #3 string. he even used to use a #4 for about 5 years (he stopped becuase it hurt his fingers too much.)

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element-82

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Actually, it is not D that I know of. If you tune your tanpura machine to D and hit the "fine Sa" button lower 7 times, that is his Sa. I don't know what the western term is, something like D less a minor third, whatever that means.

One of his rageshree recordings is tuned to good old C#.

I think 0.12 is the one.

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Jay, I hear him often tuned to western D and I doubt he is using a .013 if he is tuned that high. A .012 is more likely. Lokewise with the Ga. If you have a reliable source for that info, I'm all ears.

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hi,

if thats the case i'm pretty sure, like most sitarists, he changes his tuneing- Shahidji was here in the fall for a concert and a few workshops and he was playing right at D. its usual for a performer to change his sa, it gives a different sound to the instrument.

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Jay M

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hi,

if thats the case i'm pretty sure, like most sitarists, he changes his tuneing- Shahidji was here in the fall for a concert and a few workshops and he was playing right at D. its usual for a performer to change his sa, it gives a different sound to the instrument.

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jf
This is very true. Kelly came back from a shibbir and our next lesson was in C. Then after another shibber my lesson was in C#. This latest time, we were back to D. According to Kelly, it all depends on the raga and where Ustadji wants to hear it. It is amazing how differently your sitar responds even if you go from C# to D or from D to C.

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Probably true. I thought he just did that at shibbirs for convenience. I remember being tuned to D, but when he played later on it was down a bit. It must be raag/mood based. It keeps the ears from atrophy.

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hi,

if thats the case i'm pretty sure, like most sitarists, he changes his tuneing- Shahidji was here in the fall for a concert and a few workshops and he was playing right at D. its usual for a performer to change his sa, it gives a different sound to the instrument.

best,

jf
This is very true. Kelly came back from a shibbir and our next lesson was in C. Then after another shibber my lesson was in C#. This latest time, we were back to D. According to Kelly, it all depends on the raga and where Ustadji wants to hear it. It is amazing how differently your sitar responds even if you go from C# to D or from D to C.

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It keeps the ears from atrophy.

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I like that!

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Can't have fat droopy ears
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It keeps the ears from atrophy.

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