Tanpura Samples: HQ Indian drones in all keys

 


Some high-quality practice tanpuras in all 12 keys, each pitch-corrected and cut to 25 mins – fantastic for improvisation, meditation, calming focus, etc. Free to use, and I’ll add more over time: george@ragajunglism.org


 

Part of RJ’s ‘World of Tuning

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More on the tanpura itself: India’s droning lutes provide texture rather than melody or rhythm. Their intricate cascades of frequency interaction are an ever-present sonic bedrock for the other musicians, compared by some to a prism refracting white light into different colours. Its tones bring out the ‘harmonic series’ – the mathematically ‘fundamental’ notes of the universe. Let your ear zoom in…

 

Read more about the tanpura on Darbar (I’m their writer & musicologist – see Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical).

George Howlett is a London-based musician and writer. I play guitar, tabla, and santoor, loosely focusing on jazz, rhythm, and global improvisation. Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, interconnecting fresh vibrations with the human voices, cultures, and passions behind them.


Recently I’ve worked long-term for Darbar, Guitar World, and Ragatip, and published research into tuning and John Coltrane’s raga notes. I’ve written for Jazzwise, JazzFM, and The Wire, and also record, perform, and teach in local schools. Site menu above, follow below, & get in touch here!

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