INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Ornaments

 

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jerry
Ornaments May 17, 2002 08:24 a.m.


Can anyone tell me how to play these ornaments:
krintan (this is just a slide between notes, right?)
sparsha
ghasit

Thanks chaps
Jerry

Russ
Re:Ornaments May 17, 2002 09:30 a.m.


Sparsha and gasit I can't help you with, but Indrajit did show me how to do the krintan properly. It does involve a slide, but there's more to it than that. Its more of a hammer technique, similar to guitar.
jerry
Re:Ornaments May 18, 2002 01:53 a.m.


I found reference to these ornaments in the tutor book sent by Lars, the quaintly titled 'Reach The Ocean and Sail On The Sitar' (tried it once but sank).
This is a very useful text IMHO, but because it goes further than elementary texts like Clem Alford's, it assumes some knowledge already.
Check out page 33 for reference to these ornaments if you have the manual. Can we figure out between us what he means by these terms?
Every wish.
Jerry
Lars
Re:Ornaments May 18, 2002 12:06 p.m.


Hi Jerry,
Krintan in its basic form is cutting from one note to another. Say your forefinger is on PA and middle is on DHA and you strike with the mizrab and lightly pluck the string with your middle finger as you move from DHA to PA with one stroke. More complex Krintan involves the above cut with slides to another note and hammer ons, etc. all done with one stroke of the right hand.

Sparsa is a hammer on like you would do on guitar. So you would hit the note PA and hammer on with the third finger to DHA with enough force as to produce an audible not. If the Sparsha is repeated then it's called zamzama......

Ghasit is a slide. Can be fretted or not.......

There you be matey.......!

jerry
Re:Ornaments May 18, 2002 01:11 p.m.


You're a star. Thanks Lars.
J
Russ
Re:Ornaments Jun 07, 2002 06:35 p.m.


Jerry;
Found this one while surfing:
http://www.indiaheritage.com/perform/music/h-i-sit.htm. Describes a number of techniques and ornamentations including the ones you mention.
jerry
Re:Ornaments Jun 08, 2002 03:46 a.m.


Looks like a great site. Thanks Russ
Russ
Re:Ornaments Jun 19, 2002 10:00 a.m.


You bet. Its one of the better info sites. As I noted to other folks, sometimes you can't get there from here by clicking on the URL; you have to type it in the bar. Don't know about this one or not.

BTW, your CDs are ready to go. Email me and give me your address and I'll get 'em in the mail this week.

Lars
Re:Ornaments Jun 19, 2002 11:23 p.m.


Hey Russ, nice site..........you can't click the link because there's a period on the end of it. So copy and paste to the address area and delete the period and voila!!
Russ
Re:Ornaments Jun 20, 2002 10:54 a.m.


So that's the secret. Duhhhh! Thanks
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