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VirtuousReviews brings you the best Santoor lessons in Austin. Santoor is polygonal boxes, most commonly trapezoidal. The instrument is very famous in India and Iranian culture. So much that Santoor is the national instrument of Iran. In India, Santoor is played by Sufi artists from Jammu and Kashmir. The instrument has a soundboard over its top. Floating above the soundboard are 72 strings, in 3 or 4 paired sets. Strings are tied to the nails on the corner of the Santoor.

Santoor is played, seated down. To play a Santoor, an artist has to use some kind of beater to strike the strings. The sound waves from the string dwell into the Santoor’s body through the soundboard. The sound then gets amplified acoustically, by striking the walls inside the Santoor. Indian Classical Music theory applies to Santoor. Although, the terms may come out very similar to those from Western Music theory. There are a lot of components from western music theory, which you may find useful.

Basic components of Western Music Theory

  • Pitch:- Pitch can be defined as how high or how low a note gets. It is directly proportional to the frequency of a sound. Pitch of a sound is very particular and it cannot be matched, even by a similar sound produced by a different equipment.
  • Scales:- Scales came out as patterns in music which sensibly completes a music circle. A musical scale is made up of notes with a certain pattern to follow. For example, there are major scales in music which follows “Root Note-Tone-Tone-Semitone-Tone-Tone-Tone-Semitone” pattern. The last note of which again comes out to be the root note. There are a lot of other scales in music.
  • Consonance and Dissonance:- Pick a note on any musical instrument. There are a number of consonance and dissonance for a note within its own scales. Consonant notes sound complete when played together. Dissonant notes give a feeling of incompleteness.
  • Chord:- Chords can be defined as notes in a scale, which when played together, create a sensible sound. It can only be consonant notes or a combination of consonant and dissonant notes. For example, to play a major chord in any scale, you need to pick the first, third and fifth note from that scale. Play the selected notes together. You have got your chord.