What’s going on, everybody? Sean Daniel with Guitar Control here, and today we are learning an instant classic, Shallow from the A Star is Born soundtrack. It’s really a fun song that uses a lot of movement and open chords. So make sure you click the link below because I’m going to have the chord chart for everything we’re talking about here. But, essentially, what we’re going to do is it’s going to sound like this.
We’re also going to talk about the bridge, but we’re going to get there soon. It’s really kind of three parts. We have the main verse part, we have the chorus, pre-chorus kind of same difference, and then a bridge, right? So let’s just get started with this part here.
Now stress out, simple enough, E minor, right? Opening E, two A, two D with your ring finer. Open G, B, and E.
Now this is going to be the probably the most important chord in this whole thing. Now a lot of times we’ll see this as a slash chord. It’s really a D major chord, but it’s slashed, which means it has a different note as its lowest note. Has an F sharp in the bass.
Okay, so usually D chord you see like this. Middle finger two on the high string. This is an F sharp, ring finger, three B. Pointer finger, two G, and then open D. Now the reason that actually looks like this right here with your middle finger on the F sharp on the high E string, low E string. Same note as the high E string.
But now this is our base note. Ring finger two G and pinky three B is because it’s used as a transitional element to the next chord, which is a G major. So you can kind of keep your pinky here if you want to just do a E minor, D, G. Okay?
So if you look at this, again, I’m kind of picking through this E minor. I’m hitting the E string, the A string, and then the rest of the chord. That’s going to… I’m going to take this E minor chord. My middle finger is going to go a string lower. My ring finger is going to go a string higher and then I’m going to make sure I have that third [inaudible 00:02:40] of the B string. And I’m getting the root note or the base note, the chord, and then back here. So E minor.
See I’m getting that low, high, low sound. That leads me into the G major part. Okay? E minor, B, G, which sounds a little bit different than E. Now again, you can play it both ways, but you’re going to get a more even sound if you do it that way.
The great thing is you can kind of take the same shape, go down a string, and I’m just picking through it.
So this is a C and 9 chord, just C major chord, really. My ring finger is on the third front of the A string. My middle finger is on the second for the D string, and I think you still have to stay in here on this D note, the third frat of the B string. And I’m picking A, D, G, D, chord. Now you don’t have to pick the whole thing out. I think it just sounds kind of cool. Sounds kind of faithful to a lot of what they do in the original when you pick it like that. G, traditional D.
Okay, so when you have this C at 9, all you have to do is pop these two fingers a string, lower to get that G major chord. And then I’m just going to build a traditional D major chord here. And the nice thing about how this is different from that low end version is what this is called, this low D chord, is it kind of has like a nice ending element to it. So when you do the whole thing. E, low D to G.
Pick through the C, to the G. When you finish with that F sharp on top, it kind of has like a little bit of a… Resolution isn’t really technically the right word, but it just have like a fitting sound.
B minor, low G, G. To a C, G. Okay so that’s going to be really the main verse part for either of the male or female portions of it. Now the next thing we’re going to do is the the chorus part. All right. Now again, I have the cords listed here. I’m also going to add one extra thing, that’s going to be more of a transitional element just like that first one. So it’s going to end up sounding like this.
I like this better than a lot of the other lessons that I’ve seen on this just because I feel like it kind of evens out and it just has kind of more of a symmetrical feel. When we start with the A minor. All right, so middle finger 2D, ring finger 2G, pointer finger 1B, and I’m just really hitting it the exact same way I did the E minor at the very beginning where I hit the the root note. The D string and then I’m going to take my ring finger. It’s going to leave its post, grab the G in this to make really kind of like another inversion just like we did with the D chord at the beginning part. So I’m going A minor. I’m thinking G, then I’m grabbing the low D inversion here.
Sometimes you’ll see like A minor, to D. I really think it sounds better getting the A minor with the G. Kind of walking, creating a little bit more movement. Then the second half of this is a very symmetrical way to move these based on surroundings. Just G major, that low D inversion, and then back to E minor.
Then a lot of times you’ll hear this kind of hammer on, which is the E minor, your middle finger like that. So again, A minor, grab the G inversion D chord. To a G, back to that inversion D, E minor. A minor.
And really you can strum it in a lot of different ways. For example that’s like a… All right, those are all down strokes. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four.
Same thing. One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, two bars of that same strum.
You could add some upstrokes if you want. Then don’t forget the bridge.
Back to the chorus. So let’s talk about that bridge for a second. Now it kind of seems like a drastic change. It’s really a good bridge. A lot of times people will say it’s a bridge but it’s really like the previous chord is repeated and regurgitated. This one we’re going to a B minor, 2A, 4D, 4G with my pinky, 3B with my middle finger, and then you can bar it if you want to get that high F sharp in there.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. Two bars to a D chord. I guess, symmetrical. Two bars of D, A, E minor. The cool thing about this is we have played A minor before. Here we have B minor to D major, and then A major. Okay? So, this kind of repeats two times. It’s a very interesting bridge. It’s just B minor, D, A, E minor. Again, make sure you click that link below to grab the chords for this. It’s easier to follow along. The second time around is cool because it sets up the return to the chorus by just going B minor, D, A minor. Instead of going to the E minor, it just waits and hangs until you get to the A minor, and then you can really just go… Just go big or go home from that point. Right?
All right. Cool. So we’re going to run through the entire thing again, and I’m going to kind of shout out exactly what I’m doing and what’s coming. So let’s try it. E, D inversion of G, pick through the C chord. G, D. Let’s repeat that.
Then let’s skip to the chorus. A minor with that G transition to D inversion. G, walk that base line down with that inversion to open E minor. With the hammer. A minor, G, D inversion. Which also serves as the chorus, okay? So let’s skip ahead to the bridge. B minor, D, A major, E minor.
B minor. D, same thing as before. Same as before with the A major but instead of going to E minor we’re going to go back to the chorus. Again, this is all about descending base notes really. G major, F sharp into D to E. Again, it repeats a lot more but that’s essentially the gist of the entire song. So really cool song. Very fun to play and definitely something you should have in your repertoire because I can speak from personal experience, it gets a big reaction live, specifically right now. Who knows five years from now what it’ll be, but it’s a fun song to learn and it’ll increase your just really understanding of chord inversions and maybe we use different chord voicings in different spots. So on and so forth.
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