Using an Electric Sitar
There are two ways an electric guitar can be modified to sound like a sitar. The first way is to add sympathetic strings. Sympathetic strings are an extra set of strings added to the guitar’s body that resonate when you play certain notes.
Moreover, can you play Indian classical music on guitar?
An untouched genre that drives every human into the unmixed world of neat emotions… Indian classical music on guitar (aka ragas on guitar) is an untouched genre that represents thousands of years old ancient Indian music heritage.
Also question is, can you tune a guitar like a sitar?
Accordingly, how do you play Indian raga on guitar?
How many scales are there in sitar?
There are roughly 72 parent scales. And each scale has hundreds of ragas, which can be pentatonic (five notes), hexatonic (six notes) or full scale (seven notes). The possible combinations are endless.
There are many other possible scales that are not part of the major-minor system; these are sometimes called “exotic” scales, since they are outside the usual Western system. Some, like pentatonic and octatonic scales, have fewer or more notes per octave, but many have seven tones, just as a major scale does.
Pentatonic Scale Theory
Unlike the major scale, which is a seven note scale, the major pentatonic scale consists of five notes (“penta” = five, “tonic” = notes). The five notes of the major pentatonic scale are the root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th intervals of the major scale (the 4th and 7th scale degrees are left out).
These primary divisions of Ragas are:
- Raag Asaravi.
- Raag Bhairav.
- Raag Bhairavi.
- Raag Bilawal.
- Raag Kafi.
- Raag Kalyan.
- Raag Khamaj.
- Raag Marwa.
The formula for the ‘Hindu’ Pentatonic scale is 1 3 4 5 b7. As there is only one note difference between the Hindu Pentatonic and the Minor Pentatonic scale, it is easy to adapt a ‘normal’ Minor Pentatonic lick to create a new sound by changing just one note.
The sitar (English: /ˈsɪtɑːr/ or /sɪˈtɑːr/; IAST: sitāra) is a plucked stringed instrument, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used in Hindustani classical music.
In the Indian system of music there are about the 500 modes and 300 different rhythms which are used in everyday music. The modes are called Ragas.”) In the ancient texts of Hinduism, the term for the technical mode part of rāga was Jati.
The most common keys in bluegrass are G, C, D, A, E and F – so it’s always a good idea to learn those first. The pentatonic scale is another scale that you should try to nail down early on.
Similar to Western music, there are 12-semitones in the Indian music scale. The scale can be further divided into 22 notes (shruti), which are notes between the semitones – it is not necessary to know about these notes for the purposes of Indian Takeaway – Rāg and Tāl Basics.
The dorian mode of the C major scale uses the exact same notes as the major scale, though from a different starting point.
Nut slots being too wide or too deep, basically just too worn, may cause the “sitar sound” on open strings.