Let me tell you the story about my guitar journey. Though I was always interested in learning an instrument or to sing since school days, it was not until my undergraduate years that I finally decided to give it a try. Without any formal training or background I decided to first move from humming songs to singing. The transition from music listener to active participation was not without embarrassing incidents. I started that transition during the second year of my undergrad and it was not easy for my hostel mates :). My favourite song at that time was “Pyar mujhse kiya jo tumne” and was trying my best to sing. But what I didn’t imagine was that my hostel mates would one of the days brand me as “cacophonix”, tape my mouth and parade me through the hostel.
Hm..that was enough to make transition from vocal to musical instrument, and I decided to learn guitar. But I also decided, one day, I will take a sweet revenge… …. That day came two years later. In the final year summer with temperatures hovering close to 40 C, the lights on the campus went away. I was just practicing the song “Hotel California” in my room. Few of my friends joined in since they had nothing else to do!! (thats what they said). And everybody was sweating in that summer heat, and I played on few songs. After 20 min or so my friend quintal knocked on the door and said “what are you guys doing here in the dark sweating”…. (Power was restored about 10 min ago)….
Boy! That was my moment :). The same people who had branded me cacophonix were fully immersed in my guitar playing in spite of the sweating in the summer heat.
But those two years while I was learning guitar were not easy. In the beginning my friend Tapan helped me to get me started. It needs lot of patience and persistence to keep on going. 90% of people who pick up guitar do not reach a stage where they can play more than 5 songs correctly.
(Above with Vaibhav singing, UCI Campus)
FastForward…..I created my first website in 2000 when I was doing my MS and shared few chords and notes online. At that time there was hardly anything existing online and quite a few people requested chords of popular songs. I shared some of my notes and copies of which (with some adaptation) is still being circulated around. But after finishing university, got little busy and only recently decided to create a website dedicated to learning hindi songs on guitar.
These days with so many resources available online, it is difficult to keep focus when learning guitar. With indian-guitar-chords-tabs.org I would like to share all I have and help beginners to enable them play these songs and enjoy. I will also review softwares and online training and rank which are the best. My aim is that you use your time in an effective and efficient manner and not get stuck with at one level or you get bored that your progress is slow. Previous posts like “Fastest and best way to find chords” and “Free tools to improve your skills” were in that direction.
I hope you find this site useful. I have many ideas on what I want to do with this site and lets see which of them see the light of the day.
(Taal, Event organized by ASHA in Zurich)