Classes and workshops at a glance:

Level Subject Day/time More info
Beginners Beginners sitar, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh UK Tuesday evenings from 18.00 - 20.00, from 3rd October
Beginners Beginners sitar, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow UK Thursday evenings 18.30 - 20.30 from 12th October
Intermediate Sitar workshops, Edinburgh, UK Usually Wednesday evenings
Intermediate Intermediate Sitar, Central Glasgow, UK Thursday evenings
All levels Occasional vocal workshops, Edinburgh, UK Contact Alec Cooper if you are interested
All levels Private sitar lessons, Edinburgh, UK By mutual arrangement

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Practising sitar at home

Intermediate Sitar

Central Glasgow, UK, Intermediate, Thursday evenings

This course is for students who have learnt the basics of sitar and want to develop their playing to the next level. The course will focus on an evening rag - Rag Kafi. We will focus on developing your skills, dexterity and fluency and at the same time deepen your understanding of the rag and how to develop a performance in this rag. The course will also teach a systematic approach to practise, so that you maximise your progress within the time you have. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently play a short performance with tabla. We plan to organise an opportunity to play to a small supportive audience.

Price for these classes is - whatever you decide (recommended - £15 per week, £10 on benefits).

Please contact me if you would like to join the class and for details of the venue.


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Workshop at Edinburgh University

Beginners sitar

Edinburgh University, Edinburgh UK, Beginners, Tuesday evenings from 18.00 - 20.00, from 3rd October

A fantastic opportunity to get hands-on experience with this wonderful instrument in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

This course, provided in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, will take you from the very beginning of learning sitar to being abile to give a short group performance. As with all of our courses you will learn the basics of the instrument and of North Indian Classical music as well as being exposed to some of the spiritual and cultural aspects of this music, its performance and study.

If you need one, we will lend you a sitar for the duration of the course so you can practise at home. In return we will expect you to practise regularly and take care of your sitar – they are very special instruments.

People from all backgrounds are welcome, and no prior knowledge of sitar or Indian music and culture is required, though having had experience of playing any musical instrument or singing is an advantage.

To book place on this course you must email us here.


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Students performing at the Edinburgh Mela

Sitar workshops

Edinburgh, UK, Intermediate, Usually Wednesday evenings

These classes are for students confident of the basic sitar techniques and interested in learning more. These classes will extend your knowledge of the music, skill on the sitar and confidence in performance.

As with all our courses, we introduce you to some of the spiritual and cultural aspects within in which the practice of Indian classical music is embedded.

You must book a place on these classes beforehand. If you are interested, please contact us by email.

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Alec Cooper playing sitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Beginners sitar

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow UK, Beginners, Thursday evenings 18.30 - 20.30 from 12th October

A rare opportunity to get hands-on experience of one of the world’s most thrilling musical instruments.

Over the 10 week course, you will learn the basics of this amazing instrument and of North Indian classical music. We will lend you a sitar for the duration of the course, if you need one, so you can practise at home. In return we will expect you to practise regularly and take care of your sitar – they are very special instruments.

People from all backgrounds are welcome, and no prior knowledge of sitar or Indian music and culture is required, though having had experience of playing any musical instrument or singing is an advantage.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has teamed up with Edinburgh’s theSitarProject to provide this course.

Places for this course are strictly limited.

theSitarProject