It is very satisfying to play raga or film songs on the standard tuned guitar, fluently as if it is sung. But, where to begin, what path to follow... the process can be overwhelming.
How to connect Indian music to a western instrument like guitar, in a smart way? What are the most obvious, most direct and useful methods to play Indian music on the guitar?
Maybe you don't know much about scales or ragas. Maybe you want to go beyond just playing and really know what makes music work, so that you can adapt it to your needs.
Maybe you have been playing for some time, but now want to go beyond disjoint hits and make the notes connect in grace. to make the guitar flow like it is singing. How do you improve fluency by changing your fingering logic? How do remove the delay in your playing by following finger and phrasing best practices?
There are steps you can follow to become a better guitar player. This course will detail them to you in a step by step manner + you will have special access to me for custom corrections and guidance from me.
My name is shyam (monk) from the youtube channel musicianself & shyammonk. I will help you cut through the clutter of online video tutorials and help you streamline your music learning process using methods and techniques my students and I use.
For a fixed investment (one time or payment plan) you get unlimited lifetime access to a resource that will give you
Click the button on top for fee details and 12 month payment plan options.
NO-RISK GUARANTEE I invite you to try the course without any risk. If you find that the course is not for you, let me know within 30 days of purchase and I will happily refund your money. No Problem. In fact based on your questions, if i feel the course is not a good match for you, I will suggest a refund.
No more time waste - sucked into endless whirlpool of generic tutorials that don't serve your needs.
No more searching in the dark for the right steps, confirmation that you are on the right path.
Our music learning needs are directly connected with our life.
No one ever asked me to teach them how to press and hit.
Instead my students tell me things like:
Whatever your reason, make sure the music learning will lead you to your goals directly.
That is needed for us to have the needed ignition to continue practice in the right direction.
This Course is an authoritative Step-by-Step guide, resource and library for you if you want to play Indian Raga (Carnatic songs) or Film Songs on the Guitar with ultimate fluency, the way it is sung...
...while understanding fingering logic, string/fret choices, phrase connection, delay reduction between phrases, connecting what you are playing with the sound of the real song you hear in your mind... !
PLUS you get access to me through emails and video emails. This way you can get personalized corrections and suggestions pertinent to your current skill level and playing interest. You will also get recommendations on what you could focus next for maximum returns in your specific personal case.
More and more videos are being added: geethams, krithis etc and phrase work, making it a library big enough to let you learn and practice more and more raga songs and phrases for a long time... You won't have to look anywhere else if building a repertoire of Raga songs and phrases is your aim. So if you are planning to spend money on Raga (carnatic) learning, then this accurate and detailed library is all you need.
See details on 4 use cases below, given in this order: Beginner, Been playing for sometime, Carnatic on guitar, Indian Film songs on the guitar.
What is included
I repeat: After you buy this course, if for any reason you feel this course is not for you, please let me know within 30 days of purchase and let me issue the refund. I want my work to actually work for you. Else the money back.
If you are taking the monthly payment option, you can pay for the months you use the course. Once you have paid for 12 months, there are no more payments and you will have lifetime access to the video content - whatever i may add in the future too.
This is just the beginning...
This course is NOT for you if you are NOT interested in going beyond hitting the strings to play approximate versions of songs - Carnatic or Film.
But, for anyone who wants to play Carnatic songs or Raga based Indian films songs (majority of our songs are raga based or need connected playing for fluency), this is all you will ever need!
wanting to play the guitar, especially your favorite Indian songs on the guitar, you could be confused about which path to take, what to practise, whether to trust your generic guitar teacher with your learning path etc...
Your confusion and doubts are genuine. As a beginner is when you can make the most difference (ROI?) in your musical path by learning and absorbing the most useful methods as early as possible. Here is where the curve is steep... a small change will bring magnified results. A degree changed during launch, makes miles of difference on where it is going to land!
You could be 30 years old, 50 years old or 75 years old.
This course will provide you with all the building blocks, take you through step by step exercises, give you the right methods and techniques, the needed theory and thinking that will enable you to go on a life long path of enjoying playing Indian raga and Film songs on the guitar, while knowing why you are doing what.
PLUS since it is a video based course, (along with support from me through emails, video emails and online group Q&A sessions as needed) you have the freedom to practice at your own pace, when life and time allows. (As you may know, I have years of experience teaching students, from which I understand how life's important matters will take our time, around which we will need to arrange our practice as possible.)
...and you are absolutely happy with the fluency and natural sound of your playing, well... then you don't need me or the course. :)
But, if you are still not entirely happy with the sound,
if you are not sure how to use your fingers best, how to take care of fret/string options and arrange the phrases to maximize your playing fluency and efficiency (we really have deadlines when playing music, since we need to play and finish the notes within the rhythm and timing, placing each note accurately in position. Ever thought about it that way?)
if you want more connected playing,
less tension and more real singing kind of sound for your playing, this course will help you.
You will master starting from the 3 basic moves that allow you to bring in Raga style to your playing, how to connect them, a lot of phrases to practice your moves, learn how to think, know and practice what is important for you to connect all the 5 layers of playing, to bring COLOR to your playing, finally...
I am NOT just a content provider. I teach method, thinking, mindset, efficiency, resource management (fingers! :) ) ... the REAL How-to and not just show you the notes (which by the way is what usually people think of as the HOW, but really is just still the WHAT to play.)
Times have changed... internet made content easily accessible. Anyone with awareness knows that the micro details, observing and changing the real minute moves and details is what will give you ROI on your time and effort investment.
Practise the details. Observe, keep note of the difference in playing from last week when compared to today.. .practice on the details that will bring audible change in your playing...
See you on the other side...
...please make sure that you have already watched me on Youtube, how I play Carnatic songs or Raga based Indian songs on the guitar. Please make sure that you like my style of playing. Different teachers/players: different style, different emphasis on what is important, what to focus on.
Also, like I said, I am not just a content provider. The way you play it i
I play and teach on Standard tuned guitar, without tuning changes. The course is explained using an acoustic nylon string guitar - you can play on electric or steel string as you choose.
I will not be explaining in any other tuning than Standard. All the tabs etc when provided will be for standard tuning.
But, there is enough explanation on how you can chart swaras on to the fretboard, the knowledge of which, will enable you to play in any tuning as you wish, as long as you take the time to adapt and connect the sequence of swaras with your particular tuning.
I will NOT spend time trying to help you with any other tuning other than Standard - usual EBGDAE guitar tuning.
Do you like the way I play and would like to play similarly? Then this course is for you.
An evergrowing library of Carnatic Raga Songs, raga phrases that will practically help you with playing Raga or Indian film songs (I don't have to tell you how so many of our Tamil/Telugu/Kannada/Malayalam songs are very good lessons on ragas and raga phrases) along with interaction with me
The course has lessons on Geethams, how to execute the needed moves, the needed theory and thinking, what is needed to bring the different aspects of your playing together and let you play Carnatic songs with extreme skill, using well thought out fluent and efficient playing.
... the way it is sung, this course will help you because most of our Film songs are raga based.
Phrases, exercises, thinking, bringing everything together through developing your feedback + how to play songs from notes or swaras, being efficient and fluent.
If you do a search of your favorite song raga, you wil find that most of them will result in a discussion on the raga used in the song.
NO film music will be taught directly through the videos, as in, so and so movie song how to play, is not included, because it is even better for you to master the real raga phrases which were used. Phrases in Nattai, Hamsadhwani, and numerous other ragas as found in popular songs will be taught in detail, including discussion on the fingering and fret choice, how to think about connecting etc.
Anyway, when you have a problem or have doubts or need guidance as to how to move forward, send me all your doubts, I am here to help you and guide you, so that it will actually work for you as long as you have interest in studying and achieving the skill.
The only case where one shouldn’t buy this course is: If someone is absolutely against playing Carnatic Raga moves or Songs, then this is not for them.
Meaning, if you just want to hit some notes, don't take this course.
If you are interested in playing Raga based film songs, you will benefit from the exercises and also by playing the Carnatic lessons included. Anyway if someone wants to play Indian songs well on the guitar, they have to practice Raga moves – no other way, since like I said, most Indian songs are raga based, or involved slides etc to connect the notes.
But, I doubt someone would follow my work if they didn’t have interest in raga songs or raga based songs. :)
If you have been looking for a way to become better and independent with your playing, this course will help because it will take you through the basics, making it thorough, giving you all the needed tools to make you start thinking the right way so that you can make your playing as flawless, smooth and connected as possible so that...
... finally you can start making your guitar sing.
Hi! I'm Shyam. I started playing music at the age of 11 - specifically Indian Raga and Film Song music with detailed moves and fluency. Even after my studies at IIT (AIR 716), I continued with Music, Internet based teaching and other related fields.
Thanks for being here, and thanks for choosing to play Indian Raga music and Film songs on the guitar, the way it is sung.
For those of you who don't know me, I play and teach Indian music through youtube channels at shyammonk and the musicianself. I also have educational material at musicianself.com for Indian music, chords, rhythm, lead, singing, chord melody etc.
Music has kept me happy and peaceful through the different stages of life. I play and teach in order to share that peace and happiness with you.
Thanks again, for being here. :) Good to have someone who shares similar interests as mine.
Below is the list of videos we will begin with. Videos will be added as the course progresses.