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Instrumental

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

-Albert Einstein

An instrumental is a recording normally without any vocals, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a big band setting.

Indian & western Instruments

Sitar:

Legend says that the sitar was invented by Amir Khusro himself an Indian poet, scholar and musician. Mainly used in Hindustani classical music, the sitar has been around for over 700 years. Made with a gourd body (often carved out of a pumpkin), the sitar comprises of the basic elements of a stringed instrument.

It has a neck, pegs, strings and a body. A sitar can have 18/19 or 20 strings, it also has 11, 12 or 13 sympathetic strings of which 3 or 4 provide the drone and these are located underneath the frets.

During a break filming Help, Harrison picked up a sitar (being used as prop) and attempted to play it. After this encounter, he started getting lessons from the legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar. Soon after in 1965, the Beatles produced the first released Western pop song to include the sitar – Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), in which George played the Indian instrument.

The Beatles would go on to further display their influence from the sitar, writing songs such as Tomorrow Never Knows, Across The Universe and many more. Following their success with blending the sitar and popular music, other Indian instruments were introduced in their compositions, such as the tabla and tamboura.

Guitar:

To start your basic guitar lessons, you need to have a six-string guitar instrument, a light gauge thinner picks are suggested for beginners, an ample amount of patience, a love for music and the desire to learn. Further, you have to remember to keep your fingernails short by cutting them regularly, allowing your fingers to hold down the notes easier and produce a better sound.

Although guitar is the most flexible among all musical instruments ever invented, it may take you a while to truly master the instruments, so better start getting your hands dirty because practice makes anyone perfect. Here are some tips to start working your way to be the lead guitarist of your favorite band.

How to sit properly- Comfortably sit on an armless chair. Lean against the back of the chair but do not slouch too much, otherwise you’ll end up with back pain. Hold your guitar so the back of the instrument’s body touches your stomach or chest and the bottom of the neck runs parallel to the floor. The thickest string should be closest to your face while the thinnest should be closest to the floor.

Tune it up- It is really important to tune your guitar before you start playing. Although, at first, this may be a difficult task, but it will become easier over time. If you have friends who plays the guitar, they can do this job for you. You can also buy a tuner.

Familiarize with guitar tabs-Guitar tabs are considered to be guitarist’s own system of musical notation. The main idea is to visualize the tab similarly to that of your string and each number tells you which fret to hold down when plucking the string.

Fingers on the right frets- A left-handed guitarist utilized his right hand for fretting and uses his left hand for picking. Simply press your finger down in between the metal strips and not on them. For instance, if you are playing the second fret, you place your finger on the string between the first and second metal strip. Hold the string firmly so that it will vibrate between your finger and your strumming hand.

Practice the chords- Most people love playing chords or the group of notes that sound good together. It involves using your pick to hit at least two notes on the instrument at the same time. Practice until you can move comfortably between them and still retaining your rhythm.

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