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How to play SALLOW – Lady Gaga – Guitar Lesson

Fingerstyle, Chords, Strumming, Tabs

“SHALLOW”(A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) It’s one of the biggest-selling songs of 2018 and also has won a Golden Globe award. In this guitar lesson, you will find all the guitar chords, guitar riffs, guitar arpeggios and guitar strumming patterns explained step-by-step. My aim was to make this “Shallow” guitar tutorial as easy as possible. I have tried to capture the video from every angle in order for you to see clearly the way I play this song. On the left-hand side of the video, you have a close-up of my right-hand while on the right-hand side you have a close up of my left hand. At the bottom, you have the notation and guitar tabs.

Shallow Guitar Chords:

Em7

Em7-test

D/F#

G

C

Dsus2

Am/G

A

D

Am

Bm7

Shallow Guitar Intro:

You can play this section also in the verse. For the more detailed verse section watch the video at the top of this post or hit the following link How to play Sallow – Guitar Lesson

Shallow Guitar Chorus:

Shallow Guitar Bridge:

Shallow Guitar Last Chorus:

Shallow Video Transcription:

Hi, guys today I’m going to teach you to play “Shallow” by Lady Gaga from the movie “A star is born”. Just a quick word on how I have organized the video. In the first part I played through the whole song and then I’ll break down every single section.
In the description below you will find markers linking to the different sections in case you want to skip from one section to another. You will also find a link to the tabs in case you want to download them and print them out. I hope you’re gonna find this tutorial useful if so please like the video and subscribe to my channel. I’m done with the talk so grab your guitar and let’s get started.
okay, guys in the main intro you have four main chords. E minor chord seven D major chord with f sharp on bass G and C. Everything starts with an arpeggio in E minor seven. We’re placing only two fingers on the fretboard one on the fret number two fourth string and the other one on the fret number three. On the second string the arpeggio starts with a Downstroke on the sixth string then a Downstroke on the fourth string, upstroke on the second, upstroke on the third, down, down then we have D major chord with f sharp on top. In this case, we’re gonna use the hybrid picking technique. The bass, which is an F sharp on the fret number two six-string, is going to be played with the pick, the rest of the cord, which is fret number two third-string and fret number three-second string is going to be played with the fingers. the fingers used are middle finger and ring finger. The same thing for G. The bass G is going to be on the third fret sixth string then open string on G on the third string and then D on the third fret the second string. The whole bar is gonna sound like that.
okay, let’s move on to the third bar. We’ve got C major chord. The third finger goes on the third fret fifth string, then we have an open string G on the third string and then the first finger on the first fret the second string.
The arpeggio is going to be down, down up then we are gonna add an extra note D on the third fret second string. It’s going to be up, up again then down on C and then up the first string and up the second string. Then we have a G major. It’s like we did before, then D major chord.
The D on the open string is going to be played with a pick and rest of the chord, with middle and ring finger then we have a quick hammer-on pull-off and then up.
okay, I’m gonna play this intro very very slowly this way you can play along with me.

the verse is very similar to the intro. I’m gonna play the whole verse at a slower pace in a way that you can follow along with the tabs. If you have any questions just leave a comment below and I’m gonna reply to you as quick as I can.

the chorus is based on A minor chord, A minor whit G on top D chord with f-sharp on top then G chord and then E minor 7 chord. The arpeggio is going to be down down down up then down up G passing note, down and then D with F-sharp on top, down down down down down up then we have G major, down down down up then D with f-sharp, down, down down-up then we have E minor 7 chord then on bar 49 we have A minor down, down down-up A minor chord with G on top, down, down then D major chord with F sharp chord on top, down down down down down then we’ve got G major chord down, down up, D chord with f-sharp chord on top and then E minor seven chord down down down.
okay, now I’m gonna play again the whole section.
okay, the bridge is based on B minor7 chord D sus2 chord, A major chord, E minor7 chord.
The first chord we are going to play is B minor 7 and it’s going to be an arpeggio. We need to place the first finger on the second fret. We actually need to bar the second fret from B then we place our second finger on the third fret second string, downstroke on the fifth string, down again on the third, up the second, up the third, down on the fifth, up the first, up the second and up the third.
Then we’re gonna move into D sus 2 chord. We need to bar the fifth fret with the first finger, place the third finger on the fret number seven fourth string and the little finger on the seventh fret third string down, down, up, down, up, down, up, up.
The rhythm is going to be like that. Then we have A major chord and is going to be down on the fifth string, down on the third, up the second, up the third, down on the fifth, up the second, up the third, and up the fourth.
Then we have E minor7 chord. We are going to place only one finger on the second fret fourth string. We start with the downstroke on the sixth string then down on the fourth up on the third, down on the fourth, up the first, down on the 4th, then up the 3rd, and up the 4th. Then we have B minor seventh chord again like before.
Then we have a D major chord in a classic position. Open string on the 4th string then with the first finger on the second fret third string third finger on the third fret second string and the second finger on the second fret first string. Is going to be D on the fourth string, down third, down second, up the first, then we have hammer-on and pull-off very quickly. Then up the second and up the third. At the end we have A major chord downstroke on the fifth string, then down on the third, down on the second, up the first, down on the fifth, down on the third.
okay, now I’m gonna play all section very slowly.

The last chorus starts with A minor chord, D major chord with f-sharp, G major chord, D major chord with f-sharp E minor seventh chord. A minor chord is gonna last for the whole bar. Then D major chord with F sharp, then G chord it’s gonna last half bar, D with a sharp another half and then E minor chord the whole bar. Bar number 17 starts with A minor chord. All the bar is made of downstrokes and the rhythm is.
The last note is G passing note then we have D major chord with f-sharp on top. Down Down Down Down Down Down Up.

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Video Transcription:

Welcome to another guitar tutorial. In this lesson, I’ll be teaching you how to play “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This is actually a pretty simple song once you break it down but it has a lot of elements to it including fingerpicking and strumming so it’s gonna be a really great one to learn. For the basics, you’ll need your guitar just in standard tuning and you won’t need a capo which is great. So let’s get stuck into the intro and now this is going to be fingerpicked so for our fingerpicking basics your thumb will take care of the sixth 5th and 4th strings and your index
middle and ring finger will take care of the 3rd 2nd and 1st strings respectively they shouldn’t pluck any other strings other than the ones have been assigned to the right so we’re gonna start with an E minor 7 chord shape like this so it’s just like a regular a minor except your ring finger is going to go down onto the 3rd fret of the 2nd string for the first bar will start by plucking the bass note which is A 6th string then we’ll go to the 4th string the 2nd string and then the 3rd string. So just four plucks F there a minor 7.
Now we’re then going to go to a D slash F sharp chord shape so your index finger will go on the second fret of the 6th and your middle finger will go on the second fret of the third string. For this chord shape, you’ll be plucking the sixth string and then the third and second strings together like that.
Now that’s on the three and B and then after that, we’re going to go to a G chord shape and on the end beat after the four you’ll be pinching the bass note the third and the second string all together at the same time and that’s it for the first bar so in total it will sound like this.
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So you hold that last note out for another full bar and then we’re going to go to a C chord shape. Now for the back end of this intro is too difficult for you I will be teaching a simpler version later on that we use just in the verse. Anyway back to the C chord will be plucking the fifth string fourth string second string and then you take your pinkie finger and put on the third fret of the second string pluck it again so those first four plucks and then we’re going to hit the open third string then bass note again and then first string and then second string and you want to maintain your pinky on that third fret of the second string so those last four notes and all together for the Secord.
[Music]
and then we’re going to go back to a G chord and you’re going to pluck the bass note and then the third and second strings so one end and we’re going to go to a D chord shape and pinch the bass
note which is the fourth string here third and second strings together and that’s on the end bit after the two so two and three now on the end bed after the three we’re going to be doing a hammer on pull off of the second fret of the first string so you’ll pluck the open first string first and then with your middle finger we’re on and pull off so you only need to pluck that string once like that it’s a very quick hammer-on pull-off as well and then on the four beats we go second string and then we end on the third string so there’s last three plus one like this so that’s it for the first line of the intro the second line of the intro is just the first two bars so we’ve already learned that altogether the intro will sound like this.
[Music]
moving on to the verse riff it’s essentially exactly the same as the first line of the intro we’re just going to simplify things a little because throughout the actual recording there’s a whole lot of improvisation so it will be impossible to tab every single note for note because we’ll be here forever so I’m just going to simplify it to a
much easier structure then you can repeat again and again for the verse so for the verse our first bar is exactly the same as what we had in the intro so you already know that and then hold that out now when we go to our see our p-ting pattern here’s a little different it’s a bit easier we don’t need to use our pinkie here it’s just 5th string 4th string 2nd 3rd 4th and then 1st 2nd 3rd so 8 plucks out in total which sounds like this.
[Music]
and then we, of course, go to our G base note second and third string, then on the embed after the two we hit a decoy like that so that’s it for this simplified verse which is a lot easier which sounds like this altogether.
[Music]
that’s it for the verse now there’s a little break just before Lady Gaga comes in with her verse and it’s really nice and easy because there’s just that first bar that we have so the E minor 7 D slash F sharp and G and hold that out for a bar and we’re just going to repeat that twice for this break now Lady Gaga’s verse is exactly the same as the verse we previously learnt the only thing that differs here is the pre-chorus now for the pre-course what
we’re going to change up is the very last bar so for the very last bar instead of hitting the bass note in the 2nd and 3rd string and then going to our D we’re just going to be pinching the G note on the one beat and then pinching the D note on the 3rd beat after 2 so Lady Gaga’s pre-chorus sounds like this.
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two and three and that’s it for the finger-picking so now we’ll move on to the chorus and we’re gonna start implementing some strumming here for the chorus we just have one line of chords we start with an A minor and we go to a D then G and then A minor now you’ll notice that each of the chords have their own brackets except for the G to the D because they’re half the length than any of the other chords now in terms of strumming pattern we’re going to have something like this down down up up down now we’re going to play that strumming pattern for the full chords so the A minor the D and that last a minor for the shorter cords where we have the G and the D we’re going to have a shorter strumming pattern which is just down down up and that’s going to be played for each of those chords just follow the annotations and you’ll see what I’m talking about but in total this first chorus will sound like this.
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then down down down down next we move on to the bridge and there are just two lines of cords here our first line of cords goes B minor then we go to a D then we have an A and then in pd-1 now the second line of chords is exactly the same except we don’t go to the A minor there in the bridge we’re gonna use a bit more of a build-up strumming pattern so it’s 8 down strums if you want to add a bit more feel to the strumming pattern as well then you want to accent the highlighted strums I have here as well so the 1st 4th and 7th down strum you can play that a bit harder or accent it and it’ll give it a bit more feel we’re going to play about strumming pattern once for each of the chords really nice and easy so the bridge will just sell like this.
[Music]
and that’s it for the bridge now the final chorus is similar to what we had in the first chorus in terms of chords but we’re going to implement a different strumming pattern here that works a bit better with the drumbeat the strumming pattern for this final chorus is down down down down now up here in the annotations there’ll be a little number above each chord and that will just indicate the number of times you’ll play that strumming pattern for that particular chord so the final chorus will sound like this.
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so now I’ll be playing through the song in its entirety and I’ll have my good friend Diana singing on tops in context she’s got an absolutely amazing voice so be sure to check out her YouTube channel or check her out on Instagram the links are in the description below feel free to play this back as many times as you’d like to practice play along to and say hey go.

Written by Alex Bonanno