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You Can Play a Taylor Swift Guitar!

You Can Play the Guitar that Taylor Swift Plays Her Hits On!

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Taylor Swift has collaborated with Taylor Guitars to bring you a precious guitar, just like she is, the Taylor Swift Guitar. Scroll down for more information or to purchase.

By now I’m sure everyone has heard of the singing phenomenon Taylor Swift. Not only is she a talented singer and songwriter, but Taylor has proven herself to have a rare poise for such a young person.

Most recently she swept the Country Music Association Awards, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. And this year, 2011, she got the Entertainer of the Year Award at the American Music Awards. No stopping her now! 2014 Update: Taylor has continued her rise to super stardom and won so many awards her place is secure in musical history forever. She just keeps piling them up!

She reminds me of Dolly Parton in her ability to mine endless lyrics from her everyday life that are quite charmingly put together. I think we will be hearing from her for a long time. The Taylor Swift Guitar is a beautiful guitar, and it will be a collectible, I guarantee it.

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Listen while you read all about Taylor’s guitar and her awards. Red is one of my favorite songs she has recorded. The lyrics are amazing.

Taylor Swift Baby Guitar
Taylor Swift Taylor Guitar

The official Taylor Swift Guitar licensed by Taylor Guitars, naturally! A beautiful sounding guitar of high quality like you would expect from Taylor Guitars. It will be a collectible, mark my words. And in the meantime, you can play a Taylor Swift guitar! How cool is that?

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Taylor Swift Baby Guitar Left Handed
Taylor Swift Taylor Guitar

If you’re a leftie, this is easier than having to restring a regular guitar, and still her signature guitar. So lefties can play a Taylor Swift guitar too.

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Taylor Swift Electric Guitars
(Taylor Swift Autographed!)
Play a Taylor Swift Guitar

True collectibles! Electric guitars with her autograph! Authenticated. They will only go up in value as her star continues to rise. So if you love electric guitars, you too can play a Taylor Swift guitar!

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Taylor Swift Guitar Books
Taylor Swift Guitar Music

Get the Taylor Swift guitar tabs with these Taylor Swift Guitar books. Play along and learn her chords and lyrics.

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Taylor Swift Guitar Strap

Already have a guitar you like? Add a Taylor Swift Guitar Strap to jazz it up!

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Taylor Swift Music
Her Two Latest Albums

Her phenomenal last 2 albums! Not a guitar player? That’s okay. Listen to her play a Taylor Swift guitar instead. Enjoy some rocking music!

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Zither Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Zither Facts

Zither Facts

The zither is an instrument similar to a psaltery, with many strings stretched across a thin, flat body. The number of strings can vary from twelve to more than fifty. Zithers can be played in many different ways. The strings can be plucked with the fingers, or alternatively with a plectrum or pick. They can also be strummed with a bow, or sounded by beating them with specially designed hammers.

Like a guitar or lute, a zither’s body serves as a resonating chamber, or sound box. Unlike guitars and lutes a zither does not have a separate neck assembly.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a zitherist.

Notable zitherists include Basia Bulat, Kerry Christensen, Karineh Hovhanessian, Anton Karas, Rudi Knabl, Linda McCartney, John Sebastian, and Manfred Schuler.

The Third Man

Composed and Performed by Anton Karas

Zither FactsThe Third Man Theme by Anton Karas

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The Third Man (1949)

The film’s director, Carol Reed, moved unknown Viennese musical performer Anton Karas to his home in London, where the pair collaborated on the score for six weeks. Karas wrote and performed the music, using only the zither. “The Third Man Theme” topped the music charts in 1950. Moreover, the film’s trailer stated that Karas would have the audience “in a dither with his zither.” Anton Karas and his unique instrument gained international fame as a result of this exposure.

Time Magazine “Dither Zither” (1949)
The picture demanded music appropriate to post-World War II Vienna, but director [Carol] Reed had made up his mind to avoid schmaltzy, heavily orchestrated waltzes. In Vienna one night Reed listened to a wine-garden zitherist named Anton Karas, and was fascinated by the jangling melancholy of his music.

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Music Maker Lap Harp

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  • 7-inch top width, 14-inch bottom width, 1-inch thick
  • Measures 8 inches top to bottom
  • Tuned to a 2-octave G major scale
  • Video Lesson: Tuning a Zither / Lap Harp to G Major
  • Includes tuner, pick, extra metal string, 12 song sheets
  • Slip song sheet under strings for an easy playing guide
  • “Oppenheim Toy Portfolio” Platinum Winner

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Violin Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Violin Facts

Violin Facts

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It’s the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family of instruments, which also includes the viola and the cello. The instrument’s modern name is derived from the Italian word violino, which translates to ‘small viola’. It is also known as a fiddle–hence, one who plays the violin is sometimes called a fiddler.

Classical composers have embraced the violin since the Baroque era. Its tone stands out above other instruments, making it well-suited for playing a melody line. The instrument is extremely agile, allowing for the execution of rapid and difficult sequences of notes. For these reasons, violins are always plentiful in an orchestra.

Orchestra violins are typically divided into two sections known as the first and second violins. Composers often assign more difficult melodies to the first violins. Second violins play harmony and accompaniment patterns, and occasionally they play the melody an octave lower than the first violins.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a violinist.

Notable violinists include Niccolo Paganini, Pablo de Sarasate, Fritz Kreisler, Bronislav Huberman, Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Viktoria Mullova, and Stephane Grappelli. Source: CMUSE – The 10 Greatest Violin Players of All Time.

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Milano, Italy Vintage Poster Reproduction

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Performed by Itzhak Perlman

Conductor Seiji Ozawa leads the Boston Symphony Orchesta in a presentation of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Humoresque No. 7 in G-Flat Major, Op. 101.” Violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman shares the stage with cellist and educator Yo-Yo Ma.

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Mendini Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin

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Viola Facts

Viola Facts

The viola is a bowed string instrument, slightly larger than a violin. For more than two centuries it has been the middle voice of the violin family, tuned a perfect fifth above the violin and an octave below the cello. A viola is held in the same manner as a violin, with just a few adjustments necessary to accommodate its larger size.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a violist.

Notable violists include Yuri Bashmet, Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Gérard Caussé, Bruno Giuranna, Rivka Golani, Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai, Michael Kugel, and Tabea Zimmermann.

Classical composers who were also violists include Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

During the 20th century, virtuosos Lionel Tertis and William Primrose broke tradition and focused their careers on solo viola playing. The accomplished musicians introduced the viola to a broader audience, discovered ancient works, and even created a school. Source: Viola in Music – Famous Viola Players

1921 Viola D’Amore

William Gibb Fine Art Print

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Listen to the Viola

Performed by String Planet with Violist Novi Novog

Enjoy the super-talented duo of Novi Novog and Larry Tuttle as they perform a String Planet montage, on which Larry is playing Chapman Stick. Novi began playing piano at age four, then moved on to the violin and viola. She has appeared on countless recordings, films, television shows, and concert stages all over the world. String Planet’s compositions have been used in hundreds of television shows, as well as in many films and commercials.

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Mendini Natural Varnish Solid Wood Viola

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Veena Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Veena Facts

Veena Facts

The veena is a plucked string instrument with origins in ancient India. It’s used primarily in Carnatic classical music (South Indian) and Hindustani classical music (North Indian). The earliest veenas were referenced as far back as 15th century BC, and were similar to harps.

There are several types of veenas–some with frets and some without. Saraswati and chitra veenas used in Carnatic music are in the lute family. Rudra and vichitra veenas used in Hindustani music are technically zithers.

Depending on one’s playing technique and use of amplification devices, the instrument has a wonderful sound for both traditional and contemporary music.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a vainika.

Notable vainikas include Veenai Dhanammal, Veenai Gayathri, Rugmini Gopalakrishnan, Jayanthi Kumaresh, Nirmala Rajasekar, Veene Sheshanna, Veena Subbanna, Prince Rama Varma, and Tirupati Srivani Yalla.

Goddess Saraswati

Indian Handicraft Cotton Tapestry

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Performed by Nirmala Rajasekar

Often called a “Carnatic Ambassador,” Nirmala Rajasekar is an internationally renowned veena virtuoso. She has performed south Indian classical music throughout the world, earning many awards along the way. Nirmala also enjoys collaborative projects with other music traditions including western classical and jazz.

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Deluxe Banjira Saraswati Veena

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  • Intricately carved and decorated
  • Seven main strings
  • Measures 52 inches in length
  • Weight: 200 pounds
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  • Satisfaction guaranteed. 30-day return policy!

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Upright Bass Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Upright Bass Facts

Upright Bass Facts

The upright bass, or double bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched string instrument. It can be played played with a bow (arco) or by plucking the strings (pizzicato). Classical music calls for the natural sound produced acoustically by the instrument. In other genres such as jazz and blues, the bass sound is usually amplified. Bass amplifiers have equalization controls that allow a player to boost low frequencies. Amplification gives a bassist more control over the tone of the instrument.

Among classical performers the instrument is called a contrabass, from its Italian name contrabbasso. Other common names are string bass, to distinguish it from a brass bass instrument, or simply bass. In jazz and other non-classical music genres, the instrument is called an upright bass or acoustic bass to differentiate it from the electric bass guitar. In folk and bluegrass music, it’s referred to by many names, including bass fiddle, bass violin, doghouse bass, and bull fiddle.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a bassist.

Notable jazz double bassists from the 1940s and 1950s include Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, George Duvivier, Milt Hinton, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, and Wilbur Ware. Influential bassists in the post 1960s era include Stanley Clarke, Charlie Haden, Charles Mingus, and Jaco Pastorius.

Elvis Presley

Featuring Bill Black on Upright Bass

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“Heartbreak Hotel” Performed by Paul McCartney

In a brief clip from Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road, legendary musician Paul McCartney introduces an upright bass with ties to another music legend, Elvis Presley. The instrument was played by rock and roll pioneer Bill Black. He was the bassist in Elvis Presley’s early trio that also included guitarist Scotty Moore.

Paul McCartney

Limited Edition Poster Portrait

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A Legendary Upright Bass

The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley’s Band

by Ken Burke and Dan Griffin, Foreword by Brian Setzer

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Cecilio 1/2CDB-100 Upright Double Bass with Adjustable Bridge

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Ukulele Facts

Ukulele Facts

The ukulele or uke is a member of the lute family. It has four nylon strings and is usually played with the bare thumb and fingertips or a felt pick. Common types of ukuleles include concert, soprano, tenor, and baritone. The soprano is the second-smallest and was the original size. It’s referred to as “standard” in Hawaii.

The diminutive string instrument has origins in 19th century Hawaii, when Portuguese immigrants who worked in the sugar cane fields introduced a small guitar-like instrument called a machete. Native Hawaiians incorporated elements of European music and Spanish guitar to the playing of their own songs, and the ukulele was born. The instrument was a hit with King Kalākaua, a patron of the arts who arranged for it to be performed at royal gatherings. Today the instrument is synonymous with Hawaiian music and culture.

A plastics manufacturer sold more than 9 million inexpensive ukuleles after WWII, which boosted the instrument’s popularity in the United States. In the sixties, entertainer Tiny Tim made a splash when he appeared on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and played “Tiptoe Through the Tulips.”

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a ukulelist.

Notable ukulelists include Troy Fernandez, George Formby, Gordon Freitas, Kalei Gamiao, Joni Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, Elvis Presley, Jake Shimabukuro, Taylor Swift, and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).

Hula Girl and Ukulele

Vintage Hawaii Travel Poster
Premium Giclee Fine Art Print

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Listen to the Ukulele

Performed by Jake Shimabukuro

Who doesn’t love Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody?” But have you ever heard it played on a ukulele? Musician Jake Shimabukuro was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He loves the instrument and began taking lessons from his mother at the age of four. Jake was the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. He was also the subject of an award-winning documentary, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings.”

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Traditional Soprano Ukulele Start Pack

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  • Start Pack includes black gig bag, strap, picks, extra strings, polishing cloth, digital tuner
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Tambura Facts

Tambura Facts

The tambura is a long-necked plucked string instrument, popular in the accompaniment of the sitar or sarod in Indian music. The body shape somewhat resembles a sitar, though a tambura has no frets. Its strings are always plucked at their full lengths. One or more tamburas are commonly used to accompany vocalists or other instrumentalists. The instrument is known by many names, including tanpura, tampuri, tanbura, and tamburi.

What makes the sound so distinctive? The instrument has four or five steel strings which are plucked with a plectrum. The strings are plucked one after another in regular patterns to create a harmonic resonance on the basic note or keynote. Because the body is typically carved from a single block of wood, the instrument can be quite heavy.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a tamburist.

Notable tamburists include Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Rumen Sirakov, Ranjani Sivakumar, and Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon.

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Performed by Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar

If you’re feeling stressed out, let the sound of the tambura lead you to a state of calm. As a young man, Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar studied with the renowned vocalist, Pran Nath, who believed that the expression of music was a sacred art and a pathway to the Divine. From Pran Nath and other vocalists, Shyamji learned to play the tambura. In the seventies he had the honor of accompanying Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar, including performances at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. As founder of the Chakra Institute, Sri Shyamji leads and inspires a worldwide network of students and professionals.

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Maharaja Traditional Style 4-String Tambura

Product details:

  • Traditional-style flat wooden toomba
  • Tun wood construction, camel bone bridge
  • Natural finish, polished to perfection
  • Exquisite detailing on front of instrument
  • 3 steel strings, 1 brass string
  • Fine-tuning beads made with high quality plastic
  • Measures approximately 40 inches long
  • Mizrabs, extra set of strings
  • Hand made and professionally tested in India

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Strumstick Facts: Shop for Instruments, Accessories, Gifts

Strumstick Facts

Strumstick Facts

The Strumstick string instrument was designed in 1981 by Bob McNally, an accomplished musician, recording artist, and plastics engineer. His goal was to make it easy for anyone, particularly non-musicians, to learn to play music.

Bob began designing musical instruments in the 1970s. One of his previous designs, The Backpackers Guitar®, was licensed to world-famous guitar maker C. F. Martin and Co., Inc. in 1994.

Learning is Easy and Fun

Designed to be simple with only three strings, the Strumstick plays in just one key (or scale). Most string instruments are designed to be played by experts, with the notes needed for all 12 keys. Unlike more complicated instruments, there are no wrong notes. This makes learning easy and fun.

The frets are spaced to give you the notes of a major scale, plus one extra note that is handy to have. The other two strings make a background (a drone) which harmonizes with whatever you play on the fretted string. Chords are created automatically.

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Bob McNally also created the Space Guitar, a version of his backpacker guitar designed for a Space Shuttle mission in 1994. It was the first American guitar in space, and the first musical instrument ever designed to go to space.

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Motivational Quote by Bill Evans

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Perfect for Acoustic Guitar Students

Are you learning to play the acoustic guitar? Learn the basics and grow your confidence with the Strumstick. Think of it as training wheels for guitar! If you already play another string instrument, the Strumstick can be used as a creative tool for composition. You can also play it for simple relaxation. Rediscover the simple joy of playing that brought you to music in the first place.

Awesome Beginning Instrument

Kids love the Strumstick! Are you looking for a beginning string instrument for a child? The best-selling D-33 model is a perfect choice. It’s lightweight, rugged, and easy to play. With a little supervision, kids as young as 3 are able to make music with it right from the start.

The Strumstick opens a door to the study of music. It’s fun to play, and much easier to learn than the guitar or ukulele. Each instrument comes with written and audio instructions, with plenty of online follow up and support. Give this easy string instrument a chance, and you’ll be making music in no time.

Beginning Instrument

McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick

McNally Grand Strumstick

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Introduction by Bob McNally

Strumstick creator Bob McNally introduces his best-selling D-33 model, which is longer and wider with a deeper tone. The G-29 is shorter and a little narrower with a brighter tone. Most people choose the D-33 as their first Strumstick. The G-29 can be used to add another “voice” and a different pitch range.

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McNally G-29 Standard Strumstick

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  • Handmade from padouk, spruce, and maple
  • Plays in the key of G
  • 3 strings and a diatonic scale
  • Sounds similar to a banjo or dulcimer
  • Designed for ease of learning and playing
  • Created to be played with as little as one finger!
  • Instruction sheet and pick included
  • Ideal first instrument

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McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick

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  • 33 inches long (longer than standard model)
  • Handmade from padouk, spruce, and maple
  • Tunes to C or D
  • 3 strings and a diatonic scale
  • Rosette soundhole
  • Sounds similar to a banjo or dulcimer
  • Pick, instruction CD, and book included
  • Great portable creative tool for the experienced musician

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Sitar Facts

Sitar Facts

The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used in Hindustani and Indian classical music. The instrument descended from lutes and was also influenced by the veena, an ancient Indian instrument. The body is characterized by a long hollow neck and a gourd resonating chamber at the lower end. Teak wood or tun wood are commonly used for the neck and faceplate. The instrument looks a lot like the tanpura, except that it has frets.

Here are a few more sitar facts. This unique instrument has 18, 19, or 20 strings. Six or seven are played strings which run over curved, raised frets. The rest are sympathetic strings which run underneath the frets and resonate in sympathy with the played strings. The frets are movable, which allows fine tuning.

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A person who performs on this string instrument is called a sitarist.

Notable sitarists include Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Ashwin Batish, Anjan Chattopadhyay, Annapurna Devi, Reenat Fauzia, Lowell George (Little Feat), George Harrison (The Beatles), Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Shri Premadasa Hegoda, Prem Joshua, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and The Khan Family, Al Gromer Khan, Gabby La La, Dr. Swarn Lata, Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks), Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar, and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones).

Indian Woman Playing Sitar

Painting by Ravi Varma
Giclee Fine Art Print

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The Sitar in Mainstream Pop Culture

Though highly popular in the Indian culture, the sitar gained fame on the worldwide stage when the Beatles featured the instrument in several of their compositions. Sitarist Ravi Shankar inspired lead guitarist George Harrison to play the instrument on the song “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1965. “Love You To,” written and sung by George Harrison in 1966, was the first Beatles song to fully embrace Indian classical music.

George Harrison received one-on-one guidance from Ravi Shankar during a seven-week visit to India, which left a lasting impact on his musical style. He promoted Indian music for the remainder of his long and successful career.

Brian Jones played the instrument on The Rolling Stones 1966 hit “Paint It Black.” Another English guitarist, Dave Mason, played it on Traffic’s 1967 hits “Paper Sun” and “Hole in My Shoe.” Ravi Shankar described this pop song trend as “the great sitar explosion.”

Brian Jones Playing Sitar

Painting by John Froehlich
High Quality Giclee Print

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Performed by Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar is the daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. Anoushka began training with her father at the age of seven, eventually accompanying him on the tanpura. She was 13 when she performed sitar onstage for the first time at a concert celebrating her father’s 75th birthday. After establishing herself as a respected classical sitarist, Anoushka began composing music. Her unique style blends Indian music with flamenco, jazz, electronica, and Western classical genres. Musical talent runs in the family. Both she and her half-sister Norah Jones were nominated for Grammy awards in 2003.

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Banjira Handcrafted Quality Standard Sitar

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  • Individually crafted and unique
  • Standard decorations and colors will vary
  • Double toomba
  • 5 main, 2 chikari, and 11 sympathetic strings
  • Extra string set
  • Mizrabs
  • Information and tuning guide (Book or CD-Rom)
  • Nylon padded gig case
  • Satisfaction guaranteed, 30-day return policy!

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