Is the sound of a sitar harsh or sweet?
In my opinion, very harsh.
A sitar produces a unique sound that is created by its many strings being simutaniously strummed. The sound can be very high pitched and is usually "buzzy" or has a "springy" effect to it. This effect is called jiwari. They are many styles of tuning a sitar and alter its jiwari and each is slightly different. The buzzy effect of the many sympathetic or resonating strings seems as if it is background music to the…
I am a sitar player, and the way we play sitar is by sitting down, and putting one leg over the other and balancing the sitar on the leg that is slanted. We can't look at the frets on the sitar; we can only hear them, which makes it even harder. The sitar isn't that heavy, but sitting down for long periods of time can hurt while balancing an object on your leg.