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All Music Copyright 2009 by Chuck Morrow
I have been a professional bass guitarist for over 30 years. Some years ago, I met a fellow
bassist, Peter Cutchey. He had retired from the music industry and set up business here
in Austin, Texas pursuing one of his life's passions - the sitar. We became friends, and
eventually Iheard him play sitar. He had a unique approach to the sitar, incorporating
modern guitar effects such as delay and chorus in his music. The sounds were truly
hypnotic! He had developed a style that was calming and peaceful - a nice change from some
of the frantic Indian music many of us have heard.
Peter's ideas inspired me, and I have taken those ideas a small step further - including retuning
the sitar to better suit Western harmonies, and developing new ways to use a traditionally
tuned sitar within a Western "song" framework.
Compared to the guitar or piano, the sitar is somewhat limited. It is a mostly melodic
instrument. As a consequence, as you learn to play the sitar, you necessarily explore and
expand your command of the more basic elements of all music - tempo and
loudness as well as pitch. Harmony and chords are only considered in the context of melodic construction.
Fortunately for us all, the Indian scales are somewhat similar to Western scales. So, In the
course of learning the sitar, a student will gain a perspective on scales and modes. By the
time the student has a basic understanding of the sitar, he/she will have a more intuitive
understanding of a Western instrument, such as a guitar or piano.
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