The “Setâr” lesson is open to all, regardless of musical knowledge and age. In the Setar lessons the basics and playing techniques are learned and already existing skills are developed. In addition, there is a theoretical and practical examination of various Persian-Iranian modes or “Radif/Dastgâh” and “Âvâz/Maghâm”. By means of different etudes and well-known pieces the students have the possibility to deepen their technical and coordinative knowledge.
Improvisation is an important part of playing the setâr. Thus, in the lessons we dedicate ourselves to learning basic improvisation techniques of oriental music. In addition, basic techniques for the accompaniment of traditional Iranian singing will be taught. After deepening already acquired skills, the participants will be able to play different pieces as well as their own melodies on the setâr solo or in an ensemble.
Learn more about the instrument
The Persian long-necked lute Setâr, is one of the most popular instruments from Iran. Its origin can be traced back to the 3rd century. The name means `dreisaiter. The modern setâr has a total of four strings by doubling the bass string and belongs to the family of plucked instruments. Normally the setâr is played with the index finger of the right hand. The tuning is usually c-c’-g-c’, but this can vary depending on the mode played. The body is made of mulberry wood and it has 25 or 26 frets. Because of its soft and deep sound, it is often used for vocal accompaniment and in small ensembles.