RiyazStudio is definitely worth it.

I bought a RiyazStudio license over the weekend.

I think it’s definitely worth it. The best thing is that it feels alive compared to the physical Tanpura and Tabla boxes. The Tanpura sounds very realistic. The Shruti-box type drone helps add to the atmosphere. Tabla accompaniment works great as expected.

It’s a great tool for practice.
Thanks Jackson for pointing it out to me, and Thanks to Jonathan for a very useful product.

I made a couple of recordings:

The warm up – hadn’t practiced this for a while, and just felt like playing it today. The mistakes you hear are due to indecision on my part.
Jamming – Composition for the Shabad, Mouli Dharti Moulia Akaash in Raag Shudh Basant , DeepChandi taal.
Mouli Dharti Moulia Akaash - Manav Jamming (1411)

Second Tune:
Jamming – Tune for the Rajasthani folk song Kesariya Baalam
Kesariya Baalam Jam by Manav (1511)

How I recorded these

I couldn’t record myself on a new track over the digital tabla recording because I don’t have a microphone attached to my computer.
RiyazStudio was playing on my speakers, and I positioned my portable recorder close to my Esraj – you’ll have to turn the volume up quite a bit in order to hear what the software Tabla and Tanpura sound like.

Esraj Instrumental – Album 1 , 2008

Instrumental .mp3 recordings of my Ustad, Maiya Singh ji, on Esraj. Plus some background experimentation by me.

The tracks have not been given any fancy made-up names. The names you see below are the names of the Raags (Ragas) used.

The suffixes 7bt , 11bt, 10bt indicate the number of beats in the rhythm cycle used.

If you’re new to Indian classical music – this album should give you a basic sense of the variety, complexity, spontaneity, and spirituality present. Maiya Singh ji’s playing style is particularly expressive.

I think all the tracks are also great for when you want to focus, relax, or sleep.

My personal favorites are Raag Megh -10 beat & Raag Alhaiya Bilawal – 10 beat.

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Esraj Instrumental 1 - 1 - Bhoopali - 7bt (6049)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 2 - Bhimpalasi - 10bt (3325)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 3 - Bhairo Puriya - 14bt (2049)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 4 - Pahari - 14bt (2622)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 5 - Shaam Kalyan - 7bt (2061)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 6 - Bhoopali - 11bt (1996)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 7 - Bhoopali - 16bt (2420)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 8 - Bhoopali - 12bt (2187)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 9 - Megh - 10bt (2374)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 10 - Megh - 16 Bt (2087)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 11 - Charukesi - 7bt (1976)
Esraj Instrumental 1 - 12 - Alhaiya Bilawal - 10bt (2417)

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Free Instrumental Music mp3s

Ustadji Maiya Singh on TarShehnai

Jam Session/Lesson Recordings

Instrumental Music for Free Download (for Personal Use only)
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TarShehnai: Raag Bilawal 16beat (1719) TarShehnai: Raag Jhinjoti 7beat (1719) TarShehnai: Raag Maand 8beat Kaherva (1309) TarShehnai: Raag Pahari (1206) TarShehnai: Raag ShaamKalyan 7beat (1321)

So Kim Manas Roop Kahaye – tune

Free Esraj Music MP3

Recording of Me attempting to play the tune for “So Kim Manas Roop Kahaye(right click and choose (SAVE LINK AS))– composition heard sung by Bhai Baljeet Singh / Bhai Gurmeet Singh . This is another one of my all time favorite compositions – Find it and buy it if you don’t have it. The original is AMAZING to listen to.

Raag Alhaiya Bilawal

Taal supposed to be Tintaal – Punjabi Theka – but I’m not exactly playing according to any beat. Was more focused on getting the Expression to match my memory of Bhai Baljeet Singh / Bhai Gurmeet Singh’s version.
I’m pretty sure I can play it in beat too , I’ll just have to record myself playing tabla for 10 mins and play it back while playing Dilruba.

I made a few mistakes here and there , and my ending is clearly the wrong Raag 😉 but hey – I’m still sorta happy with it.