How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano
Teach yourself to play Indian classical music on the piano!
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Playlist of excerpts from the first raag in the book - "Bliss" Raag Kalyani
Learn to play North Indian classical sitar music on a piano.
This brand new collection of 24 raags will be enjoyed by good amateur pianists through to virtuosic professionals. It is suitable for any pianist
who enjoys discovering new music, or who has an interest in music from other cultures, or who knows the pleasure of jazz noodling and wants to
explore a rewarding and fresh (but centuries-old) form of improvisation.
Indian raags have an extraordinary musical heritage dating back several centuries (from the area that is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) - a truly unique musical genre of fascinating melodic beauty and rhythmic intricacy - freely combining elaborate composed melodies with carefully rehearsed improvisation.
But now the amazing world of Indian raags has been opened up in this sympathetic but thorough reinvention for piano solo (or duet or two
pianos) by an award-winning British composer.
* Sheet music for piano solo: a set of 24 raags, newly composed within a traditional raag genre, one for each hour of night and day, sunset to sunset, encompassing a wide array of moods, and based on over twenty fascinating scales.
* Step by step instructions to play each of the pre-composed and improvised sections of Indian raags, written for pianists who are used to playing European classical music and jazz.
* Instructions to play any of these raags in a duet or at two pianos.
* Hundreds of musical examples
Includes these 24 raags:
Raag Gezellish "Gazelle"
based on the through-composed virtuosic duet Raag Gezellig
Raag Kalavati "Moonlight"
Raag Bageshri "The Waiting Bride"
Raag Neenda "Sleep"
Raag Paraj "Pollen on the Breeze"
Raag Lalit "Elegant Mischief"
Raag Jogiya Kalingra "Aroma of Saffron"
Raag Chakravaak "Ruddy Goose"
Raag Kofi "Intense Coffee"
Raag Suraja "Morning Sun"
Raag Bilaskhani Todi "Mourning"
Raag Asawari "Full of Hope"
Raag Todi "Lady in the Forest"
Raag Gaud-Sarang "Lunchtime Bell"
Raag Madhuvanti "Flowing with honey"
Raag Patdeep "Stealing my heart"
Raag Charukesh "Beautiful Hair"
Raag Poorvi "From the East"
Raag Puriya "Satisfaction"
A through-composed, virtuosic piano duet
performed by Emilie Carcy & Matthieu Millischer
Perpignan, France 2015
raag raga rag raaga
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"This is a great book. The author conveys a real sense of how to begin improvising with raags. He does that by explaining the subject matter with enormous clarity and insight. And he brings a fantastic understanding of process to what he explains. There are a lot of books about improvisation out there. But this one's the real deal. And it's about improvising in a style that by and large isn't accessible unless you have access to a master practitioner and teacher. What else is there to say? I'd give it 11 stars if Lulu gave us that option!"
"...there is much to praise in this book. Pitts meticulously and imaginatively sets out in staff notation numerous effective and convincing musical ideas in his range of Hindustani ragas. His recommendations ... are ingenious, and work remarkably well, as evidenced in his own sample performances available through the website for this book (pianoraag.com). ...I strongly recommend the book to pianists with an eye and an ear to the East..."
Dr Jonathan Katz,
International Piano Magazine Sept/Oct 2017
"I have lived with this book for several weeks now and find it endlessly fascinating."
"If you have any interest in this esoteric arena, in improvising from a Classical or jazz background,... I can't imagine a better primer than this."
"a very well produced and informative book"
Editor, 'Musical Opinion'
"unique and fascinating book"