Dilruba Tuning

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As we already know that a dilruba contains two types of strings. One of these sets are called main strings and other one as sympathetic strings. Main strings are generally four and the remaining ones are around 15-20. Some of the essential tools for tuning a dilruba are: A wire cutter, a tuning wrench, a harmonium, a digital tuner, a pick for controlling the sympathetic strings etc.

In the above figure, the white colored plate is known as a bridge. There strings above the bridge are known as main strings and the strings below it are known as sympathetic strings.

The resonating sympathetic strings are tuned according to the needs of the user and the required raag. Or they can be tuned as : .ma, .Pa., Dha., .Ni, Sa, Re, Ga, ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa, Re., Ga., Ma., and the process continues as long as it is required.

Out of the four main strings, the first one is always tuned at Ma.

Second one is tuned at Sa.

For the third string, it depends whether we are at the 6th black key(C#) or the 7th black key(D#) of the harmonium being used for tuning. Accordingly, the string is tuned at either SA or Ni.

The fourth string also depends upon the key on the tuning instrument, and it can either be tuned at Pa or Ma.

Although we have provided some of the common tuning method, but one thing is to be kept in mind that it is not always like that. Tuning varies with the needs of the user and the required raag.

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