spilly wrote:the set up is completely different. it doesn't work like western music with half steps and such, it's more of a 1/3 step type deal. you'll have to learn a whole new type of theory, but it may indeed open your eyes to new possibilities. notes between notes.
George Harrison tried for years, he even studied under the great Robbi Shankar, but he could never get ahold of the fundamentals, he was too hooked into western music. It's not easy to forget everything you know. My brother and I refer to the instrument as "Harrison's Bain"
I was looking into buying one myself, but now I think I'm going to get a petal steel.
I would love to learn the theory though, 11 notes just isn't enough sometimes
Hey my friend, that's Ravi
Incidentally there is a album by Ravi Shankar, kind of like a greatest hits. I had the cassette when I was young. On it he does alot of talking, and jamming. He gives the basics of the scales, and the techniques. He jams on that thing like no tomorrow.
"...and when your fingers find her she drowns you in her body, carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind..."