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Next to the Sitar, the Sarod
is the most well-known and most important Indian stringed
instrument of classical northern Indian music. Particularly
Sarod players such as Ali Akbar Khan have made the Sarod
known beyond the borders of India in the west. .
and character of the Sarod
With high-quality instruments the resonance body, the
neck and the peg box are made from one single piece of
wood. The type of wood that is used is mostly tun or teak
wood. Simpler and more inexpensive Sarods are composed
of two parts. Here, the peg box is put on separately.
The wooden body, that is covered with goatskin, has a
thin horn bridge across which the strings are running.
The fingerboard on the neck consists of a polished, shiny
steel plate and does not have any frets. The Sarod has
a second soundbox made of brass which is fixed to the
top end of the neck. It has both, playing strings and
drone strings. The playing strings are fingered or plucked,
the drone strings are vibrating at the same time, but
are not struck themselves, and produce an echo-like effect.
technique of the Sarod
The playing strings of the Sarod are struck or plucked
with a pick made of coconut shell while the instrument
is placed on the lap, sitting cross-legged. This special
kind of pick and the striking technique that is used,
make a wide range of differentiated rhythmic striking
variations possible. The strings are not pressed onto
the fingerboard with the fingertips like in violin playing
for example, but with the tip of the fingernail. In this
way the typical metallic echoing sound of the Sarod is
produced. This is intensified by a continuous gliding
of the fingernail along the string on the fretless fingerboard.
Thus the ornaments and micro-intervals are produced that
are so typical and essential in Indian music.
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offers on principle only high-qualtiy musical instruments.
This is made possible by close personal contact to the
suppliers and a strict selection of the instruments that
are included in our range of goods. We do not offer any
instruments which reach the west from unknown sources
via importers and which are often resold by middlemen
without any quality check and setting of the instrument.
The demand from the west is relatively high in India.
The purchase prices are negotiated to the lowest limit
by the western countries, especially for high ordered
quantities. This has effects on the required care and
circumspection in craftsmanship, on the experience and
mentality of the commissioned manufacturer and the use
of parts of the instruments that are often of a poor qualtity.
Irrespective of the qualification of the skill in craftsmanship,
this leads, in some cases, to results that do not deserve
the name instrument. Thus it is easily comprehensible
that it is essential, when bying an Indian instrument,
to know the sources. TARANG only supplies instruments
from indisputable sources. All instruments are delivered
adjusted and ready to be played.
Of course, we understand that somebody who purchases an
instrument is also dependent on accessories and spare
parts. Also in this respect we can satisfy the needs of
our customers. Should an instrument be defective at any
time, we can arrange for appropriate restoration. As a
rule we can deliver any instrument offered on our website
within 1 - 2 weeks. Our international lists of teachers
enable everybody to find information about a teacher in
their proximity. You can expect from us: reasonable prices,
prompt service and straightforward processing of purchase
financial aspect also has to be mentioned. Despite the
high quality we offer, we also do our best to offer you
these instruments at very competitive and reasonable prices.