Resources for teaching myself to play the santur
July 24, 2006 12:48 AM Subscribe
What are good resources for teaching myself to play the santur? I'm an American composer with no training in Persian music -- just a deep love for it and a gradually improving (self-taught) structural understanding of it. My "more inside" lists some ideas I've had so far, but I would love to hear any suggestions of CDs, websites, books, etc., on Persian music and/or the santur.
posted by allterrainbrain to Media & Arts (7 answers total)
I'm writing this question because I finally got my hands on a cheap santur and am waiting (probably a while) for it to arrive in the mail! I've been transcribing excerpts from my favorite solo santur recordings and I plan to learn a lot from transcribing, playing back by ear, and doing many kinds of improvs myself.
But what are the websites and books I should be reading? Are there instructional CDs or DVDs for the santur? What are your favorite audio CDs featuring santur? If I can't find santur-specific instructional materials, would it be useful to adapt/study materials on American hammered dulcimer just for the physical technique? (If so, what are your favorites?)
Finally, I would welcome suggestions of santur teachers (I have very limited resorces, so I could not afford steady lessons, but I would love to do at least a little bit of training in person). Ideally these would be in my home city of NYC, but they could also be in any other city, because I do travel some. If you can give me an idea of their rates, I'd love to hear it, but I understand if you'd rather not.
Thanks for any thoughts!