Christopher Hale Sitar
North Indian Classical Sitar and Vocals
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If you're interested in studying North Indian classical music with Christopher, please fill out this form to get in touch. You may also browse the page for more information about lessons, some videos and options for studying by Skype.

Christopher Hale has taught both western and North Indian music since 1991. He is equally comfortable in the elementary school setting as he is leading workshops at the university level. Classes are fun and interactive, and include plenty of ‘hands on’ experience. He enjoys building an understanding relationship with students, and is patient with all levels of learning. Constantly seeking to expand his knowledge and skill of North Indian music, he continues to study with his own guru, sitarist Partha Chatterjee.

Chris’s gift for playing sitar also extends to teaching the instrument with tremendous patience, good-humour and above all encouragement, to bring out the best in the learner. I have benefitted tremendously from the many hours I have spent learning from Chris and I have experienced much encouragement to persevere with the sitar.
John Ruston

If you are a resident of the greater Toronto area, private lessons in either sitar or western style guitar can be arranged. Students who live outside the area can also be accommodated using internet video, such as Skype. Fluent in Hindi and Nepali, he is able to lead seminars and classes in South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Sitar and guitar lessons run for a “flexible hour” which means that if the student seems capable of more, the lesson could run for longer at no extra cost. Workshops can run from an hour, to day-long , to week-long sessions depending on the subject.

Raga Darbari Kanada - Yamuna Tummala on sitar and Bhargav Duggaraju on tabla

Raga Bhupali in Jhaptal (10 beat time cycle)
Transcribed from the record Maestro’s Choice, Series One
by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia – bansuri (bamboo flute)
Arranged for two sitars and tabla

Raga Bhimpalasi - Ja Ja Re Apne Mandirwa - Exercise for Sitar

Raga Durga by Luke Parker at the annual student recital

Raga Megh by Lakshman Makavita, playing the Laksitar, an instrument of his own creation, at the 5th annual student recital

How to play Sitar: Wilbur Sargunaraj, featuring Christopher Hale

My Student Feeds a Chickadee During Her Lesson