Fundamentals – Play like sung + Rhythm chord

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Any option you choose, a 20 minutes 1-1 call and 1 recorded video correction is available to you, added for free (only available till Sunday 5th 11pm PST).

How you will benefit

Please watch the below video to know how it works for you to be a better musician and reach your individual goals and needs

  • you get instant access to core videos and other material we use like text book to better our playing and reach your goals
  • the options available are ways for us to interact – to give you custom corrections and guidance, specific content given to you as recorded video based on your needs etc.

Basically, the advantages of 1-1 classes – custom corrections, guidance, custom content etc – at a much lower price, saving time using recorded videos etc.

Just 1-1 calls? waste of money, time and effort

I find just 1-1 calls inefficient since most of the time is just wasted where the student is paying me to just watch them play and make mistakes.

I have been doing this for a very long time, that all the core material is already pre recorded and available + using videos students show me their progress, based on which I give them very specific corrections to be made and practiced.

Now with internet, education is error oriented, guidance and corrections are extremely effective, practice time and progress is optimized using deliberate practice.

We can use this fundamentals bundle to

  1. interact with each other using recorded video private corrections or 1-1 calls to work on songs or other material you specifically want help with
  2. use the knowledge base of videos etc you get access when you join, to improve your basic playing, Indian style playing fluency, rhythm chord continuity

This is a dynamic possibility, an option to interact and improve your playing based on your needs – not a static one size fit all.

It includes pre recorded videos that show you needed exercises, methdos, techniques etc, + you interact with me using recorded videos, skype  chat or email to get further custom guidance and content.

How students have been using this course:

  • absolute beginner learning fundamentals correctly to play Indian style on guitar or master chords and rhythm the smart way
  • students who have been playing songs for sometime, wanting Indian style specific instruction and corrections that will help them master slides, hammer sons and pull offs, learn the methods needs to remove delay in their playing and make it sound like it is sung
  • rhythm chord correction, improvement – fingerstyle, understanding chords and rhythm, moving more towards mastery
  • film song corrections by sending me videos to which I give specific practice notes, what to focus, what to do next, how to make use of the time to get best results
  • carnatic interest – starting to play carnatic songs well
  • individual needs like I said, content is taken for granted. We work on skill improvement, the material that matters. use this as an option if you have wanted help from me in any matter improving your playing or music.

In short, join the course if you think I know what i am doing 🙂 I have been teaching and playing for a very long time – i have very specific error oriented methods for the most effective outcomes.

Solid Foundations: Focused Courses + Corrections from Shyam

Starting at $47 for Lifetime access to 3 courses and corrections/Guidance.

In less than 2 months, I am learning to play film songs, geethams and even alai payudhe. This is more progress than i have ever made in the several years of trying to figure things out myself or trying to learn from other resources.” – Sarvesh, San Jose

Music learning and its continued success for you, is sensitively dependent on initial conditions. (regardless of butterfly wings, deterministic nature or chaos)

With the right content and effective teaching and learning methods, you will have the right beginning that determines the quality and future of your music playing and learning.

Whatever you do, learn towards playing the exact kind of music you want to play. That will make sure of your motivation, fun, feedback loop for self-correction, interest in deliberate practice to reduce any error gaps.

Use this offer

  • to learn the basics of guitar fretboard, playing etc – the very first notes and best practices
  • to learn basic Indian style moves for fluent playing
  • to learn how to do chord transitions and rhythm playing fluently by concentrating on the micro details of finger movement
  • to ask me doubts, show my your playing and get corrections from the foundations up
  • make your foundations strong
  • show you micro details to the best practices and to avoid errors that will hold you back forever
  • get you to the right mindset, thinking and patterns to look for

Have you wanted to ask me doubts? To get your playing corrected? To know what path you should follow? Here to help

You are here because (short version):

  • you are interested in playing Indian raga (carnatic) or film songs the way it is sung
  • you want to play Chords and rhythm for your favorite songs fluently and efficiently
  • slowly… be able to find notes and chords on your own, fingerstyle and chord melody, maybe even improvisation and composing…

Foundational Solution

… to make sure that you have a successful, long lasting musical journey, learning to play the guitar while learning towards what matters to you.

  • no more youtube whirlpool,
  • no more adjusting and struggling with generic material that doesn’t cater to Indian style of playing,
  • no more guessing, trial and error, not making progress, ending up overwhelmed and frustrated…

This offer includes:

  • Course videos, tabs, PDFs
  • email and video corrections (see options and details below)

What you get:

Interaction with me

Video corrections get corrections to your playing privately –  send me video recording of your playing – record with phone or laptop, share with me using youtube unlisted or google drive – i will correct your fingering, playing method, suggest you what to focus on.
You can send me film songs or Course material to get corrections.

Email corrections ask me doubts through email. Since I have to take care of my income related music and other work, time is limited. Students get corrections and doubt clearance and focus suggestions through email.

What Students says about video corrections:

Even though his classes itself detailed enough to learn and play , sometimes you may not identify your mistakes- some fine tunes – some tricks and tips – he gives after analysing your practice videos. That is extremely useful.


Guitar basics that matter

(7 videos to start with. updated) 

how to begin with music on the guitar, especially Indian music.
Starting from the very first hit.
I even play left handed to emulate a beginner’s experience.
Even if you are not a beginner you need to go through this to understand the fretboard logic as I have understood and teach.
How to remember the fretboard for Indian style music.
The string relations for easier phrasing later.
Note or swara to fretboard connection. Best practices with probably a lot of AHA moments for you.
Don’t try playing Indian music without this information

Indian Guitar First steps

(7 – 12 videos updated)

basic moves of Indian style playing, explained in detail including checklists to make sure you can on your own know if you are playing the foundational moves correctly.
Solve usual problems fast and forever without frustration and wasting time.
List of points on continued practice to mastery of the basic building blocks essential to playing Indian raga or film songs fluently and efficiently on the guitar as it is sung. Without this module you don’t have the alphabets of Indian music on guitar.

This is the foundation for future Carnatic or Film song playing.

Note: NO film song is given inside the content. Film song tutorials are given for free on youtube channel and musicianself website. This course is to learn HOW to play what you want, well. Not limiting you to a particular song. Although, in the beginning, you can tell me some songs you like and I can tell you which ones you can try.

Detailed rhythm chord basics

(12 videos – updated)

This is a huge pain point. Knowing the chords will not make a you a good chord player. Without optimized movement your rhythm will always sound imperfect and amateur.
Changing chords involves so many finger level movements, each of which you have to optimize. That is the basis you have to master before you try any further rhythm and chord playing. Which finger groups should move together?
Which are the common fingers that should not move?
How do you prepare your fingers?
What does the thumb have to do with chords?
What does structural mechanics have to do with barre chords?
How to build substeps to move from open chords to barre chords smooth and sure?

You will be taught the needed open chords in a systematic way that enables smooth transitions. You get specific chord exercises, chord patterns and shapes etc.

Without this module you could be playing a 100 songs and chords, all disjoint and unsatisfying.

This is the foundation for future advanced chords and rhythm, finding and playing chords on guitar, fingerpicking and chord melody, play while sing etc…

Note: No song chords are given. This is about HOW to start playing chords well, regardless of songs.  You can in the beginning, let me know any songs you like and I can help you choose some that can help your playing.

This is NOT for you if

  • for example, if you can play Alaipayuthe or raga based film songs fluently similar to how I have played in my videos, you don’t need this resource
  • if you can already play Barre chords and rhythms without transition problems, don’t join. How to use open chords as a sub step towards barre chords is discussed, making barre chords approachable for you.
  • In short, if you are satisfied with the basic moves of Indian style, you can do slides, hammer ons and pull offs fluently, or if you need no improvement with your open chord transitions at all, then you don’t need this resource.
  • These courses are not a way of offering you film song TABS, chords etc. Free videos for film songs are available on youtube channel and website. Though you can ask me about songs you like playing, I will not be providing any new song chords for you. My intention is to teach you HOW to play beyond a particular song.
  • the videos are short and to the point, making it easy for you to practice the exact methods without wasting time. So, anyone looking for quantity over quality shouldn’t join. I will help you have clarity. For a beginner or advanced beginner, there is more than enough work to do using the content, mastering the basics.

How many videos? How long?

As mentioned in the respective sections, each module has 7 – 12 videos. Some are updated over the month.
The videos are often short and to the point. 
I have been teaching and playing for a long time, that I know what you need to focus. I don’t need 15 minutes to beat around the bush. I save you time.
My intention is NOT to overwhelm you with 100 long videos to explain the basics.
Our intention is clarity. Simple, elegant, to the point. 

Also, email and video corrections from me is included in the bundle so that you have the option to get corrections from me without having to use 1-1 classes. Use that, while using the videos of the course as an introductory text book.

How long will it take you to master? There is enough work to do for a few weeks, for a beginner or advanced beginner. We may not know how long it will take you to mastery, but… the Good thing is, you will know exactly how to use your time. 

This resource is meant for you if you are starting to play Indian style or Chords and rhythm.
The chord changes are relevant to western or Indian. Song playing method like slides etc is relevant to any Indian style music, not so much for western. 

Of course you can ask me any doubts regardless of level.
Use the video corrections, email interactions to ask me any doubts and get clarity.
Video corrections you send me can have film songs or any material relevant to us.


  • option 1 (Get clarity and skill growth): 3 basics courses + 1 month of email doubts and guidance (USD47)
  • option 2 (Get your playing corrected): everything in option 1 + 1 month of video corrections sent between us privately (USD57)
  • option 3 (Super focus, clarity and skill)2 months of everything in option 2 (USD127 $164) + a 25 minutes 1-1 call with Shyam: video corrections + emails for 2 months

What after 1 month? When you wish to continue learning, there are similarly priced options for content and interaction that you can continue with.

Included courses: 

  • Guitar basics that matter for fretboard knowledge & playing best practices
  • Indian guitar first steps for Slides, hammer-on & pull off skill growth
  • Rhythm Chord Basics – a micro detailed, step by step look into starting the necessary skill of efficient chord transitions and fluent rhythm playing

$47 Single Payment – Lifetime Access to the 3 courses, lifetime updates
1 month of email interactions for clarity, focus and path

$57 Single Payment – Lifetime Access to the 3 courses, lifetime updates
1 month private video corrections (up to 3 videos, each up to 5 minutes in length)
1 month of email interactions for…

$127 Single Payment – Lifetime Access to the three courses, lifetime updates
25 minutes 1-1 Zoom session with Shyam (worth $50 | we will fix a time that works for both of us, between 6am and 6pm German time)
2 months private video corrections (up to 8 videos, each up to 5 minutes in length)
2 months of email interactions

What about after 1 or 2 months? When you wish to continue learning, there are similarly priced options for content and interaction that you can continue with.

No-brainer Bonus: in the future when you join Indian Lead/Carnatic complete course or Rhythm Chord mastery course, you will have options to join at a discount.

Once you join, you will be automatically logged in and redirected to the courses you have access to. You will also get emails (check spam in case and whitelist me) with the login and password unique to you. Just login and access your courses anytime – 24/7.
Email me at once you have joined, telling me your main goals, what you like to play finally and if you are a beginner or been playing for sometime. I will send you the custom path you could follow for best long term and short term results.


If it doesn’t work for you, there is no point.
I mean, the reason I give away free tutorials on youtube, with all details possible is so that you don’t struggle and get stuck.
So, naturally, if this doesn’t work for you for some reason, no questions asked refund.
Just let me know within 7 days of buying. You will get full refund.
(Please check the content and use it within 7 days and let me know, since I am unable to give a refund after 7 day period. Also, if you use the video correction option or calls, there won’t be a refund since I have spent my time, delivering what I promised)

Our method

An example of modeling

Model the best game of a very good player.

Let us take a simple open chord change. From A minor to E minor. Traditional methods expect you to keep practising till fluency, without looking at the underlying moves.

In our method, chord learning is about transitions:

  • keeping finger close to string (even when not used)
  • minimal movement (based on common notes)
  • finger unit movement
  • pivot finger
  • the thumb emphasis

… we look at the micro details that actually result in a masterful playing.

(All this and more included in Rhythm Chord basics. If you like details and sure steps, you will love it.)

Teaching/learning success is in the details

Tell me, have you thought about it at this detail? Do you get the feeling now, why students have fast and sure progress with my method?

Imagine, instead if all you have is A minor and E minor chord patterns and finger positions and you are asked to practice on your own. YOU will never be able to figure out the elements of efficiency and fluency on your own.

I have been playing the guitar for 28+ years now and never met a teacher who taught these methods that can actually make changes in the student. They blamed talent instead. Imagine a teacher telling us we didn’t have the talent to write with a pencil…

Indian guitar style fluency

Similar to chords, Indian Guitar First Steps takes a detailed, step by step, checklist kind of approach  to make sure that nothing in the process of playing fluently is left to guesswork.

How to do slides, and the other two important moves?

  • Origin note
  • destination note
  • importance of in between notes
  • position of thumb

… it’s a festival for the real learner.

When I was a child, I was told… do the rub-play. They meant slide.

I am grateful to my teachers. I learnt mainly from performers who wouldn’t teach, but one could watch and learn.

And now that I have the details to the moves, the process, i want to share it with you and make it systematic, sure and easy to step into.

Unique content

You have watched my free youtube video tutorials.
You have watched me play songs and raga on the guitar, my Unusual Unpluggeds with rhythm and chord improvisations.

Tell me, will you get this kind of detailed, unique, learning affirming content from anywhere else?
Remember that it is not just notes that you will remember and repeat.

We are talking about micro steps within the overall moves and lessons.
The details that are usually skipped and left for students to try and err and be frustrated.

Interaction with me

This is the real value of the offer. You get corrections from me. Points that will make your playing better now and for the future.

At this time I am able to give corrections and guidance only students and members. I take time to make free youtube tutorials and information at musicianself. So, I need to make sure that I am using my time for my income work – income for myself and my family.

You can benefit from my 28+ years of playing this specific style of music and 17+ years of teaching experience in multiple fields. (I actively learn teaching and learning methods)

Based on the option you choose,
you have the option to get email corrections from me, get your path cleared up. Tell me your goals and skill level, and I will tell you what to focus on and what the path could be like for you. You could tell me about your favorite songs which you want to play and I can tell you how you may approach that.

get video corrections for your playing making sure you are not carrying any bad practices, making sure of learning the efficient methods that will help you play at your best. This is a BIG one. When I see you play your mistakes and problems, I can immediately see the corrections you can make. I will send them to you so that you will be playing better in no time and you won’t be carrying any bad habits over to the future.

How to send me video corrections? Just record with your mobile phone or laptop – just make sure I can see the fretboard and can hear the guitar play. Share with me. You can use the Unlisted option of Youtube – only person with a link will be able to watch it. (Youtube is available to you as part of your Gmail. Just go to

My 1-1 classes are limited due to time and other work restrictions.
But, you don’t need them when you can ask me doubts and get corrections from me without any problem from timezones or having to come online at a specific time in the night or early morning (I live in Germany).

Email corrections and video corrections are available ONLY for students and course members due to limited time and human limitations. They are not available separately.

The Value you get

You are getting the courses and different guidance options with me at a highly discounted price. I wanted you to make use of them, so, bundled the offers.

One – one skype classes are at $100 per 50 minutes. Video corrections and email corrections are not offered separately, and would cost you $50 each. The courses when sold separately will be $49 each for lifetime access.

Below you will see the prices you can get it all for, for a LIMITED TIME. Enjoy… and make use of.

7 days money back guarantee: no questions asked.

Please watch the below video to understand the advantages of avoiding pre-internet methods.

Once upon a time in a small town in south Kerala, content was scarce.

How will you benefit uniquely?

You are an individual. Our course is modular, for you to use based on your need.
Which of the following is your need/goal?

Example: interested in playing Indian Raga and Film songs

Use Guitar basics that Matter, then Indian Guitar First Steps.
If you are interested in Indian Raga style playing the way I do, you need the basics of guitar the way it matters to us + you need the basics moves thorough, so that you will know for yourself what you are doing wrong and can correct and improve.
With these resources, you can do that, starting now, immediately after you join.
With film songs, most of them are raga based. When they are not, still to get the vocal kind of fluency, you need to know the basic moves correctly so that you can build on them.
You can then move on to advanced material later.

Example: want to play chords and rhythm

A teacher who gives you chord patterns and where to press is essentially limiting themselves to a google search.
In Rhythm Chord Basics, we get into the details, like mentioned above on this page – the micro details.
You will learn all the fundamentals correctly while learning to transition between open chords fluently. It may take some time for you to take care of the details and practice  correctly, but if you weren’t into details and playing well, you wouldn’t be here.

Then the course moves on to showing sub steps before completely starting to do barre chords. We don’t go into details with barre chords – that is taken care of in Advanced courses.

Want to learn rhythm consciously and without break? Rhythm hand movement, chord transitions etc? Look no further. This is it.