To start being an expert at playing Indian Raga and Film Songs on the guitar with exceptional details the way it is sung,
start with the basics: slides, hammer ons and pull offs.

To play fluent rhythm guitar, start by being attention to transitions between open chords.

Know what is going on behind the scenes of the final song being played on the guitar.


Don’t compare your first note with someone else’s finished song.

You need to work with the systems that exist beneath what we finally hear and see as the final product.


Not a parrot imitating Not by imitating the final acts of an expert driver, do we learn how to drive – instead we need to go one level lower and slowly and clearly learn the actual moves involved. The parts to be pressed, and how.

The parts to be moved and how and by how much etc… And slowly our body and mind starts understanding the subtleties and details involved so that finally when the minute details and micro moves are in place, when we have practised the different subs

Similarly, however you may try to imitate the final sound of the song, if you don’t know how to use slides, Hammer ons and Pull offs at the right places in the right way, you are at a disadvantage.

We are looking at vertical growth of skill and not just horizontal repertoire widening. With skill, repertoire comes naturally and easier.
The difference is similar to deciding to board a flight (takes more initial effort but goes farther and easier) than hopping into a car or public bus (ok, you know the difference).

For someone who knows how to use slides , hammer ons and pull offs well,
has a very good understanding of finger optimization along with general good form practices,
knows how to practice phrases and then reduce time between phrases,
and trains oneself to listen to oneself and use that feedback to match the final sound of playing with the original song…

For someone like that, playing more and more songs is a very very comfortable satisfying and sure thing to do as opposed to the imperfect somehow and luck method of an amateur who has no idea of these behind the scene systems.