Welcome to the online Sitar course. In this course, you will learn how to play Meend on Sitar.
If you have a good solid foundation on the basics of Sitar and confident in the swars (notes) that you are producing, then you are ready for the next step of your Sitar journey.
This course is taught by one of the best sitarists of Rishikesh, Uttarkhand – Bhuwan Chandra. Here, you will learn:
how to correctly play meend (slide from one note to another) correctly
17+ step by step videos to take your practice to the next level
See you inside.
Note: If you are a beginner, then we recommend first taking our Sitar for Beginners course on Udemy. Search for – “Learn how to play Sitar – Complete Course for Beginners”
In its simplest form, a meend is a smooth glide from one note to another. During slower parts of a melody, kan-swars also become meends. However, meends can span much longer intervals too. Although a meend spanning a distance of several notes technically includes all the intermediate frequencies, only selected frequencies are given enough prominence as to be identified clearly. Sometimes only the starting and end notes of a meend can be clearly identified, but at other times, other specific notes are also given prominence. Not all meends travel directly from the starting to ending notes – some meends take circuitous paths, touching notes that do not fall between the notes in question.
The sitar (English: /ˈsɪtɑːr/ or /sɪˈtɑːr/; IAST: sitāra) is a plucked stringed instrument, originating from the Indian subcontinent, used in Hindustani classical music. The instrument was invented in medieval India and flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries and arrived at its present form in 18th-century India.
Used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, the sitar became popularly known in the wider world through the works of Ravi Shankar, beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1960s, a short-lived trend arose for the use of the sitar in Western popular music, with the instrument appearing on tracks by bands such as the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones and others.
Sitar is used in a variety of genre. It is played in north Indian classical music (Hindustani Sangeet), film music, and western fusion music. It is not commonly found in south Indian classical performances or folk music.