Classes and workshops at a glance:

Level Subject Day/time More info
Beginners Sitar summer school, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK 4 - 7 September 2017
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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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, Dhananjay Modak, Emil Pilavsky at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

Sitar summer school

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK, Beginners, 4 - 7 September 2017

This course is delivered by Alec Cooper (Co-Director of theSitarProject) who will offer you the opportunity to learn about North Indian classical music through first-hand experience playing the sitar. Each student is provided with a sitar and will be given an introduction to the basic musical skills and concepts underlining sitar performance.

The study of North Indian music offers a valuable and insightful contrast to most musical experiences students are likely to have had in the past since the various technical skills, musical concepts, and aesthetic values which constitute this music are both highly refined and very different to Western music.
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