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George's Sitar-playing
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18 May 2011
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I've been very inspired of George's playing on sitar because it is so sentimental.

And when played sitar on songs like 'Norwegian Wood' and 'When We Were Fab' etc... etc...

It completes the piece musically, and the song is more intresting to hear.

So what do you guys think?

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When George first introduced the Sitar into western music on 'Rubber Soul', I knew the direction of the band was going to change. George really started having a major impact in the group. I first heard indian music when I saw 'HELP' in the theater back in 1965 and fell in love with the sound. 

I am so happy he continued to use this instrument in other songs as well and I remember when I first heard 'When We Was Fab' and he had the Sitar at the end I thought that was so awesome. The one thing I liked about George is he stood his ground on what he believed and never wavered from it. He fell in love with Indian music in 1965 and kept his faith and inspiration until his death which I truly admire.   

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It does seem to be generally accepted by a lot of people that the sitar player on "Love You To" was someone other than George, someone with much more experience. Not Ravi, however. Weren't the musicians recruited from the Indian Music Society of London or something?

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Ah, yes, I see that Joe's entry for Love You To says "other musicians" for the sitar and tambura.

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George recruited musicians from the Asian Music Circle in Finchley for Within You Without You. I would suggest it's likely that the additional musicians on Love You To were also from the same organisation.

With some further investigation, I found this quote from a 1992 Billboard interview, where George talks about his initial introduction to Indian music (I have only included the end of the quote, as it seems the most pertinent to George's connection to Indian musicians in London):

The only way I could describe it was: my intellect didn't know what was going on and yet this other part of me identified with it. It just called on me ... a few months elapsed and then I met this guy from the Asian Music Circle organisation who said, "Oh, Ravi Shankar's gonna come to my house for dinner. Do you want to come too?"

This does seem to indicate that the Asian Music Circle were his main contact with Indian musicians in London. This, I think, makes it highly likely that when he needed London-based Indian musicians, his first call would have been to them.

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I have to admit, I've come to admire more of Georges sitar style songs over the years.  Of course I always considered Norwegian Wood a classic, but that was a Lennon/McCartney composition. a-hard-days-night-george-10 BEATLES Music gives me Eargasms!  apple01

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In India, people usually start learning sitar, veena, and instruments like that very young. So, considering George played the sitar the way he did on Norwegian Wood, without having much knowledge about the instrument or how to play it (at that point), he did a commendable job. 

Btw, I've heard that George had an excellent way of getting around to play instruments he had nothing to do with in his life before. I heard he played a violin on "All You Need Is Love" having never picked up a violin before that in his life. Is it true?


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Yip to 'All You Need Is Love'. If you listen to the backing track (in the spoiler below) isolated from 'Rock Band' you can hear him scrapping away (he's playing the parts that make you cower). I think he was trying to beat Paul in a game of who can play an instrument the worst after Paul's trumpet horrors in 'Only A Northern Song'.

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