In reading the post on the Door�s possible use of the sitar I am very curious as to how many of the forum members here play �Western Music� on their sitars.
Soon after beginning to learn a little on the sitar I realized the following:
I don�t have a Sitar teacher / Guru I don�t have 8 to 12 hours a day for practicing. I�ve spent 40 years being steeped in Western music. The musical inspirations that well spring from my soul are predominately within a Western melodic structure.
My decision was and is to simply do my best to express my musical heart and amateur playing ability on the sitar.
I�m curious to learn how others here approach this challenging arena of Eastern music.
I've been playing somewhat a mixture of west & Indian, but in no way consider myself great, but at the coffee shop gigs I've played, the crowd likes it. I play a few Beatle songs on it, and a few of my own.I think you should do what feels true to you. If you feel that you have the money and the time to find a guru, you really should if you want to be taken seriously by most Indians...................Peace