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 Introduction to Sitar, Leith Academy EH6 8JQ Weekly from 25 Apr 2018 - 16 May 2018 18.30 (5 weeks)
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. We will focus on developing your skills, dexterity and fluency and at the same time deepen your understanding of rag and how to develop a performance. 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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Alec Cooper playing sitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

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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Introduction to Sitar

Leith Academy EH6 8JQ, Beginners, Weekly from 25 Apr 2018 - 16 May 2018 18.30 (5 weeks)

This is a very special opportunity to be able to learn to play the amazing North Indian Sitar, taught by a friendly and very experienced sitar professional. The music will be mainly classical but students do not need any prior knowledge of sitar or Indian music and culture. If you already know how to play an instrument this will be an advantage but it is not necessary. The tutor can lend a Sitar to use in class and if you provide a deposit, payable to the tutor, he can lend you a sitar to take home to practise for the duration of the 5-week course. Numbers are strictly limited.
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