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Gibb Sahib Learning to play the Sitar (12) RE: Learning to play the Sitar 30 Aug 14

Yes it is difficult. Just sitting (without playing the instrument!) can be difficult.

It is not something one casually learns - or rather, not something that is casually *taught*. If you're not serious, good luck! Traditional/customary method of teaching is a master-disciple relationship, not "lessons." Not to over-dramatize it, but as a 'disciple', your duties are far beyond paying some money for a lesson. In fact, you may not be asked for any money--but you will be bound in a relationship that requires 'service' to your master. Not something to be entered lightly.

And you'll be learning Hindustani (Indian Classical) music. Is that what you want to do? I would think the main interest would be in learning Hindustani music, after which you choose an instrument (or voice) w/ which to articulate it.

Sorry if the picture sounds negative.

On te positive side, nowadays you can order a sitar on-line, and teach things to yourself. There are people who offer lessons over Skype and such - perhaps even 'young' people socialized outside of South Asia who, to support themselves, would give piece lessons for a fee.

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