The Hal Leonard Sitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play the sitar. This comprehensive and easy-to-use beginner's guide serves as an introduction to sitar and its technique, as well as the practice, theory, and history of raga music. The accompanying audio includes 42 tracks for demonstration and play-along. Lessons include: choosing an instrument; tuning; postures; right- and left-hand technique; Indian notation; raga forms; melodic patterns; bending strings; hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides; changing strings; recommended listening; and much more! The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.