Dilruba Keyswitch

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The dilruba is considered to be a mixture of two instruments: the sitar and the sarangi, with a medium sized sitar-like neck with 20 heavy metal frets and 12-15 metal strings, which are bowed like a violin. In spite of the sitar-style fret layout, the strings are not pulled to produce meend (glissando). In fact, the strings rarely touch the frets as they are played.

Ethno's Dilurba presets include a keyswitch preset that includes both a sustain and vibrato form of this instrument. Jordan effectively moves between them to render a natural and convincing performance.

Composed and performed by:
Jordan Rudess

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