esraj/dilruba playing position

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geezerjazz
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esraj/dilruba playing position

Post by geezerjazz » Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:25 pm

I have seen two main playing positions. The most common appears to be resting the instrument on the floor in front of you and leaning the neck against the shoulder.

The second, less common position, is to rest the instrument on the knee, and to hold the neck upright in the air, vertical, not resting against the shoulder.

I still want to learn the instrument. However, due to age and disability, I cannot take the cross-legged position on the floor. Are there any significant disadvantages to holding the instrument upright on the knee? It seems to me that playing low on the neck might be more difficult.

Here is an example of the upright-on-knee position:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlHWrtOHv5k

mizrable
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Re: esraj/dilruba playing position

Post by mizrable » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:27 am

i play with the body sitting on my shin and the neck resting near my shoulder/collarbone.
works great!

Nick B
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Re: esraj/dilruba playing position

Post by Nick B » Tue May 23, 2017 12:31 pm

I play sitting in a chair with the esraj sitting on my lap and with the neck resting on my shoulder - works OK for me....

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