Guitar lesson for

Shallow

by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

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Lyrics w/ chords

INTRO (use this same tab during the verse)

    E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––0h2p0–––––
    B ||–––––3–––––3–––3–––––––––––––––––––––1–3–––––––3–––3–––3––––––3––––
    G ||–––0–––0–––2–––0–––––––––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––––0–––2––––––––2––
    D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––
    A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––
    E ||–0–––––––2–––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––
         Em      D/F#  G                 C               G     D
         1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

    E –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––||
    B –|–––––3–––––3–––3–––––––––––––––––||
    G –|–––0–––0–––2–––0–––––––––––––––––||
    D –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––||   ...then, start verse
    A –|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––||
    E –|–0–––––––2–––––3–––––––––––––––––||
         Em      D/F#  G                 
         1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

VERSE #1

    Em         D/F#       G     C                       G      D
    ...Tell me somethin', girl... are you happy in this modern world?
    Em       D/F#     G      C                                G         D
    ...Or do you need more?... is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?
    Em   D/F#   G    C                         G      D
    I'm  fall---ing... in all the good times I find myself a-longing...
    Em  D/F#  G       C                        G      D
    ......For change... and in the bad times I fear myself

        [ Em - D/F# - G    x2 ]

VERSE #2

    Em         D/F#       G    C                            G         D
    ...Tell me something, boy... aren't you tired tryin' to fill that void?
    Em       D/F#     G      C                          G      D
    ...Or do you need more?... ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?
    Em   D/F#   G    C                         G      D
    I'm  fall---ing... in all the good times I find myself, longing...
    Em  D/F#  G       C                        G      D
    ......For change... and in the bad times I fear myself

PRE-CHORUS

        Am                    D
        I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
        G          D/F#     Em
        I'll never meet the ground
        Am                         D
        Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
              G            D/F#    Em
        We're far from the shallow now

CHORUS
            Am        Am/G    D/F#
            ...In the sha-ha, sha-ha-low
            G         D/F#            Em
            ...In the shallow, sha-la-la-la-low
            Am        Am/G    D/F#
            ...In the sha-ha, sha-ha-low
                  G            D/F#    Em  (stay on E-minor before the build up)
            We're far from the shallow now

BRIDGE
                Bm     D       A       Em
                Oh, ahhhhh.... Ah, hahhhh.....
                    Bm          D      A
                Oh, ahh..... ahhhhhh----------

PRE-CHORUS

        Am                    D
        I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
        G          D/F#     Em
        I'll never meet the ground
        Am                         D
        Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
              G            D/F#    Em
        We're far from the shallow now

CHORUS
            Am        Am/G    D/F#
            ...In the sha-ha, sha-ha-low
            G         D/F#            Em
            ...In the shallow, sha-la-la-la-low
            Am        Am/G    D/F#
            ...In the sha-ha, sha-ha-low
                  G            D/F#    Em
            We're far from the shallow now

                [ ...end with a single E-minor strum ]

Chords needed

β€œMagic ring” chord shapes (used for intro & verse fingerpicking):

E ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
B ––––3–––––3–––––3–––––3–––––  <== left ring finger stays here,
G ––––0–––––2–––––0–––––0–––––      on 3rd fret, for all chords!
D ––––2–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––
A ––––2–––––0–––––2–––––3–––––
E ––––0–––––2–––––3–––––––––––
     Em7   D/F#   G   Cadd9

Conventional chord shapes (used throughout the song):

E ––––0–––––3–––––3–––––0––––0–––––0–––––2–––––0––––
B ––––0–––––3–––––3–––––1––––1–––––1–––––3–––––2––––
G ––––0–––––2–––––0–––––0––––2–––––0–––––4–––––2––––
D ––––2–––––0–––––0–––––2––––2–––––2–––––4–––––2––––
A ––––2–––––––––––2–––––3––––0–––––x–––––2–––––0––––
E ––––0–––––––––––3––––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––––
      Em    D     G     C    Am   Am/G   Bm    A

How to learn the intro riff

When learning this song, I recommend using the following as a guide to understand the rhythm of the intro & verse chords. Whether you strum or fingerpick, you’ll want to note which chords are switched to on the beat, and which are β€œpushed” so that you switch to them an 8th note ahead of the main beat (e.g., the first G is played on the β€œ4 +” count instead of the β€œ1” count).

E ||––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––3–––––2–––––––––|–
B ||––3–––––––3–––––3–––––––––––––––––1–––––––––––––––3–––––3–––––––––|–
G ||––0–––––––2–––––0–––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––0–––––2–––––––––|–
D ||––2–––––––0–––––0–––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––––|–
A ||––2–––––––0–––––2–––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––|–
E ||––0–––––––2–––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––|–
      Em      D/F#  G                 C               G     D
      1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

From here, you can bring in the fingerpicking tab as heard in the actual song. Notice how the chord changes happen on the beats prescribed above.

E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––0h2p0–––––
B ||–––––3–––––3–––3–––––––––––––––––––––1–3–––––––3–––3–––3––––––3––––
G ||–––0–––0–––2–––0–––––––––––––––––––0–––––0–––––––––0–––2––––––––2––
D ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––
A ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––
E ||–0–––––––2–––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––––
     Em      D/F#  G                 C               G     D
     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Simplifying the intro & verse riff

Here’s the same intro progression, but using the simplified chord shapes that keep your left ring finger on the same note for all chords. Can’t beat that!

E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|–
B ||––3–––––––3–––––3–––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––3–––––3––––––––|–
G ||––0–––––––2–––––0–––––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––0–––––2––––––––|–
D ||––2–––––––0–––––0–––––––––––––––––2–––––––––––––––0–––––0––––––––|–
A ||––2–––––––0–––––2–––––––––––––––––3–––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––|–
E ||––0–––––––2–––––3–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––|–
      Em      D/F#  G                 C               G     D
      1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

If you want to keep things simpler for the intro and/or the verse, I recommend learning this approach. The benefit is that your left ring finger stays on the B string (3rd fret) for all chords, which makes things so much easier. Note, this gets looser with the timing - which also keeps things simpler (don’t feel like you HAVE to match the exact timing of the song, if it’s giving you a hard time).

E ||––––––––– ––––––––– ––––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –––––––––
B ||–––––3––– –––––3––– –––––3––– ––––3––– ––––3––– ––––3––– ––––3––– –––––3–––
G ||–––0–––0– –––2–––2– –––0–––0– ––0–––0– ––0–––0– ––0–––0– ––0–––0– –––2–––2–
D ||––––––––– ––––––––– ––––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –––––––– –0–––––––
A ||––––––––– ––––––––– ––––––––– –––––––– –3–––––– –3–––––– –––––––– –––––––––
E ||–0––––––– –2––––––– –3––––––– –3–––––– –––––––– –––––––– –3–––––– –––––––––
     Em        D/F#      G         G        Cadd9    Cadd9    G        D

Chord progression cheat sheet

There are four beats per measure - and each of the main song sections used the following chords (sometimes you stay on a chord for 4 counts, other times you split a measure between two different chords).

Verse:        "Tell me something, girl..."
              | Em    D/F# | G          | C          | G     D    |

Pre-chorus:   "I'm off the deep end..."
              | Am         | D          | G     D/F# | Em         |

Chorus:       "In the shallow, shallow..."
              | Am    Am/G | D/F#       | G     D/F# | Em         |

Bridge:       "Whoaaaa....."
              | Bm         | D          | A          | Em         |
              | Bm         | D          | A          |

Strumming pattern

After the verse sections are over, I usually strum the rest of the song. Quite simply, I’ll use a β€œdown, down up… up down up” pattern, over and over again.

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D   D U   U D U

Thanks and good luck!

I hope this helps, and as always let me know if you have any questions. While you’re here, check out my other lessons for songs from A Star is Born:

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Lesson timestamps:

– 0:00 Lesson preview & agenda – 1:45 Chords shapes needed – 4:53 Chord progressions – 7:04 Strumming patterns – 11:18 Chorus: strum & timing – 14:05 Chorus: advanced voicings – 16:23 Putting it all together – 18:03 Farewell & thanks

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