INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: silk thread


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silk thread Jun 12, 2002 04:28 p.m.

I have a sitar and i heard somewhere that there needs to be a silk thread placed somewhere on the bridge to give the sitar a better sound(however i think it sounds fine without it...)
Is this true, and if so, where do i put the thread?
any comments appreciated
Re:silk thread Jun 12, 2002 06:07 p.m.

Hmmmm.....I believe silk or cotton threads are used on the bridge of a tanpura to increase its characteristic "buzz", but I've never heard of it being used on a sitar. Perhaps you mean tanpuru/tamboura instead?
Re:silk thread Jun 12, 2002 06:39 p.m.

perhaps my source got mixed up... but i do mean sitat
Re:silk thread Jun 17, 2002 05:21 a.m.

some people take it as very strange to use it on sitar, but I do it. Depending on bridge you have you have more or less buzzing . If you have less than you would like, it is very cheap and simple way. It is much better than damage your bridge with file. It is also perfect for resonat string. I personally like less buzzing on 1st string and more on other strings, esspecialy if I play without tampura. With thin thread you can make it, play it, if you dont like it, you just simply pull the thread out. Try it.
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