Learn How to Play Santoor / Santur - Online Santoor Training Class Lessons
GAALC - Global Academy of Arts, Languages and culture offers distance music education programs to learn playing Indian classical music instruments like Santoor stringed Hindustani classical musical instrument with online Santoor music learning class lessons facilitated on Skype or Google hangouts.
HOW TO PLAY SANTOOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENT - SANTUR / SANTOOR PLAYING TECHNIQUES :
The Santoor musical instrument is played while sitting in an asana called Ardha-Padmasana, Padmasana or crossed leg posture and placing it on top of the lap. While playing Santoor, the broad side of Santoor is closer to the waist of the musician and the shorter side of Santoor is away from the Santoor player musician.
Both hands are simultaneously used for strucking Santoor strings but left hand is often used for playing the rhythm pattern on Santoor. Santoor Hindustani Classical music instrument is played with a pair of light wooden mallets or hammers with both hands. The Santur / Santoor is a very delicate instrument and is very sensitive to light strokes and glides. The strokes on Santoor / Santur are played always on the Santoor strings either closer to the Santoor bridges or a little away from Santoor bridges. Both styles result in different tones. Sometimes strokes by one hand can be muffled by the other hand by using the face of the palm just to create variety.
Santoor or Santur is a struck instrument and being a staccato instrument, Santoor cannot produce meed, gamak etc which are very characteristic of the Indian Hindustani classical music but by the unique Santoor playing style of Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma now Santoor musicians are playing various Indian Hindustani Music Ragas on Santoor musical instrument.
SANTOOR / SANTUR TUNING TECHNIQUES : The Indian classical music instrument Santoor or Santur has 100 strings and 4 string groups tuned on same note. Santoor player performers often tune the strings as per the composition. If there are major note then the Santoor Strings are tuned on major notes chronologically. Santur / Santoor Tuning is done with the Santoor pegs which are on the right side of the Santoor. Santoor maestros play the Santoor with a diatonic tuning with all strings of the Santoor tuned to the chosen scale. This type of Santoor tuning has a wonderful effect that the Santoor strings that are not struck reverberate and they resonate at the same time. This Santur tuning produces a particularly beautiful and full sound. Another big advantage is that a Santoor player cannot strike a wrong note since all the Santoor strings remain in tune. This type of Santoor tuning is the most common. Santoor can also be tuned chromatically. The 15 notes on the right are tuned to the diatonic scale whereas the Santoor strings on the left then complete the half-tones that are missing in the diatonic scale.
ONLINE INDIAN SANTOOR LESSONS / SANTOOR LEARNING CLASSES BY SANTOOR GURU: GAALC offers online Santoor lessons to learn playing Santoor with Indian Santoor training instructor Guru online. The Santoor teachers teaching Santoor to the global Santoor learning students train how to play Santoor - the North Indian Hindustani classical music on Santoor, including the Indian classical musical ragas or raag (Bhartiya Shastriya Sangit raag) and the musical compositions based on music raag (Shastriya Sangeet Raag). An experienced and qualified Santoor trainer guru for beginners, intermediate and advanced level Santoor students trains according to the GAALC Santoor instrumental music training curriculum for certificate level programs.
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