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pfintucson

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Striking the tarab strings with the mizrab is a common technique. Is is possible to move the tarab bridge lower (closer to the bottom of the tabli) to facilitate this? Are some sitars built to facilitate this, more than others?
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Lars

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A lot of it depends on where the langot was mounted, it's not always dead center. You can loosen the strings and shift the bridge over a little, secure with shellac and let dry but if it's too far the strings will knock it loose again. Also a sympathetic bridge with the 1st string separated out on the edge is nice too.

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IMHO, the correct placement of the "NI" string (the longest taraf) is precisely 1/4" to the right of (outside of) the main melody string (bajtar) when looking straight down on the sitar. Lars is correct - a little more separation for the "NI" taraf is beneficial. On the Ultra, all taraf are spaced at 1/8" but NI taraf is 1/4" from the next one in. The players who strike the NI on the downstroke do so with great power and it is a spectacular effect but does take some practice. GF
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