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Sarangi has no frets so it takes ages to learn to find the correct position of the notes.

Also on sarangi have to find the notes by the edge of your nail so quite hard to learn.

Dilruba has frets and you pick out the notes by just pressing behind each fret to easier to learn.

like veer ji says and Professor Surinder SIngh confirmed to me when I asked him personally which order/instrument to study first that dilruba is best starting point because of fret positions being marked then Saranda will be easier .

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I love the sound of the Sarangi, also Playing dilruba, esraj, taus, my finger tips used to ache pushing down on the strings (it pains avoid lol). So i preferred the sarangi. With the sarangi you push your nails against the strings causing no pain. The strings are not wires so they dont mess up the nails as they made from sheep intestines.

Also to get around finding the notes as theres no frets. I used a pencil to mark lines for Sa, ra, ga, ma notes just below and by the side of the strings, once the instrument is tuned up that is. This helps a great deal if you are beginning.

The saranda if i can remember correctly, is similar to sarangi so if you know one the other is not hard to play. But i believe its harder to see where your fingers are placed.as its a wider bodied instrument compared to sarangi. So you have to pop your head around more to see strings. Saranda looks beautiful little harder to hold as its round on the bottem where as Sarangi has edges.

Hope that helps

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Thanks to everyone for replying. It seems most people are learning dilruba. I have noticed very few people learn the Sarandha which was Gurus own instrument or even rabab which was Sikhism's first instrument.

Sarangi, we have so many Singhs in the Panth who can play this instrument due to the Dhadis. But surprisingly no one ever uses it for Kirtan even though it has the most beautiful sound. Wonder why..

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main reason is it began to be associated with tawaif nachna in post sikh raj era in Indian minds (bollywood) instead of dhadi vaaran, funny how the harmonium also became foisted on us(from those nefarious uses) by the firangi in place of our own deep expressive instruments . I prefer the sound of the Saranda as it is mellow and rich although the dilruba is beautiful too . It is sad to think that even whilst in the midst of wars the Guru's SIkhs learnt full raag Kirtan on Tanti Saaz and Pakwaj , and we has no such pressures on life and limb and we say it is too hard to take time to learn and play kirtan in Guru ji's intended way .

We should promote itihaas learning through dhadi vaaran , by showcasing the style and give the youth an idea how our ancestors preserved history through poetry and music . This will counter the anti -maa boli rhetoric going on I've heard apne saying stupid things like Punjabi is so rough a language , it has no true great literature written in it , only illiterate villagers speak Punjabi.

Dhadi Vaaran are like our rapping ...without the foul language and misogynistic angle...we should help our panth understand just how sophisticated our musical heritage level was and is. Perhaps do Local language translations of famous Dhadi vaar performances .

Yes you are right penji.

Punjabi in pure (theth) form is the Punjabi that I've been brought up with and its a shame the upcoming generations belittle it. But what do they know, hey? ? Modern de lagde. Nowadays people are mixing Hindi with it, trying to be all Bollywood.

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Yes you are right penji.

Punjabi in pure (theth) form is the Punjabi that I've been brought up with and its a shame the upcoming generations belittle it. But what do they know, hey? Modern de lagde. Nowadays people are mixing Hindi with it, trying to be all Bollywood.

problem is Bollywood is openly a prostitution industry now , do we really want our youth taking cues from them ?

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Wanted to bump this topic.

Does anyone know where to get affordable instruments on a budget while not sacrificing quality of instrument? Also I have been casually on the lookout for local teachers for last couple years in central valley, but so far I haven't really seen anyone who teaches Gurmat Sangeet Vidya properly.

Would love to try to get into it as well.

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