Esraj – Q & A

in Esraj,Q & A

Q. Why Should I Buy Esraj Over Dilruba?

A. You might like the esraj if Dilrubas seem to big.

Q What should I look out for while buying an Esraj?

A. There are certain things that you should keep in mind while buying your Esraj. The Esraj you buy should have six playing strings, 15 resonance strings; ideally the neck should be equipped with frets. The body of Esraj should be solid and sturdy, and made of wood, covered with goat skin. This serves as resonance cover.

Look for the horn bridge on this leather. These carry the playing strings that are partly steel and partly bronze. The 15 resonance strings also go through the bridge. When you buy Esraj, the seller will give you a bow it will be played with. Ensure that the sound  produced by your Esraj is rich in overtones.

It is recommended that you ask for a replacement set of strings. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are give performances you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, and do not plan to use it for an extended period of time, you should consider changing the strings when you start playing it again.

Q. In what kind of singing is Esraj Used?

A. Esraj in a big way is used in Bengali music – Rabindra Sangeet as an accompaniment instrument. It has also been used in Hindustani classical music as a solo instrument. As compared to Dilruba Esraj is used in wider variety of musical styles.

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