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I believe Ravi Shankar has died at the age of 91


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An ultimate picker for sure. Had been born in the western world I like to think he'd have been the ultimate guitar picker...the ultimate. As it is he was the ultimate sitar picker or simply picker regardless of his stringed instrument.

 

I saw him a few years back in concert and I watched all his right and left hand movements and can tell you he was the ultimate picker in the world and an inspiration to all musicians who also pick whether on sitar, his instrument of choice, or be it other string instruments such as guitar, mandolin, dobro, or 5 string banjo.

 

He left quite a legacy of influence in all genres of music.

 

QM aka Jazzman Jeff

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An ultimate picker for sure. Had been born in the western world I like to think he'd have been the ultimate guitar picker...the ultimate. As it is he was the ultimate sitar picker or simply picker regardless of his stringed instrument.

 

I saw him a few years back in concert and I watched all his right and left hand movements and can tell you he was the ultimate picker in the world and an inspiration to all musicians who also pick whether on sitar, his instrument of choice, or be it other string instruments such as guitar, mandolin, dobro, or 5 string banjo.

 

He left quite a legacy of influence in all genres of music.

 

QM aka Jazzman Jeff

 

Make sure to watch this playing...she might be better than he was.

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Seen Anoushka (sp) play...she was at the concert with Ravi that I was at a few years back She's really great and knows how to engage an audience...plus, her version of the music incorporates a lot more pop/western culture appeal. But, when Ravi and her traded sitar licks, Ravi trumphed her everytime despite her high level musical challenges and Ravi really being up in years. She is, of course, his legacy now and over time I have no doubt she will reach Ravi's heights of playing or higher if she continues with the Shankar dedication she seems to have.

 

QM aka Jazzman Jeff

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Back when I was in High School my father asked me if I wanted to go see an Indian musician at the local community college. I was always interested in other musical voices so, sure. I had know of Ravi for quite some time, loved listening to him.

 

When we got to the show it was Ravi Shankar and I about freaked. We were 20 feet from him, I could see everything he was doing. He was beyond anything I had seen, ever. When you sit back and feel the flow of his music it whisks you away. His tabla (?) player was equally amazing, watching them play off each other all night was spell-binding.

 

At the end of the show we were allowed to line up and greet him as he sat on the edge of the stage. He was warm and charming. The callouses on his fretting hand were extreme.

 

A great man, a fantastic musician. R.I.P. Ravi. You've left a wonderful legacy.

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