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cwroyds

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I am betting that your Shristi will feel good at C#.
Plus C# will be easier on your fingers as you will not have callouses yet.

Start by tuning to C#. Play for a while.
Tune up to D. Play for a while.
Decide which sounds better and generally feels better, and go with that for now.
A sitar seems to come alive when it tuned to its most comfy tone.

Just make sure you tune the sympathetic strings first.
You can never tune a sitar correctly until the sympathetic strings are tuned.
When your sitar is tuned to its most comfortable tone, the Sympathetic strings should resonate nicely.

Then try different Ma string gauges while at the tuning you have decided is best for your sitar.
Decide which feels better, sounds better, etc.
Dont be afraid of changing the Ma string and experimenting.
They are just strings and can be bought at any time from Rain City Music or AACM.org

The truth is that if you are just learning the sitar you are probably better off staying at C# for now. Playing at D can be hard on the fingers. Give your fingers some time before you try tuning to D or using a thicker Ma string.
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mysteryofmusic

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Thanks, those are great advices.
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Ramesh

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Thanks alot to the member who started this thread.This has been very informative!
However i have a question that i hope someone could help me answer,
What is the difference between Plain and Tin Coated steel strings?
I would greatly appreciate any answer.Thank you.

Sincerely,
Ramesh

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