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Watch the Adding the Flat 9 online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Jazz Rock Workshop

One of the techniques I use a lot to create a Punjabi sound is to pre-bend notes (while muting the string to keep the pre-bend silent) and then picking and releasing the bend.

As Nigel Tufnel puts it, "there is a very fine line between Chuck Berry and Ravi Shankar." There is a science to bending the string so you'll need to practice to create just the sound you are looking for.