Guitar lesson for
Maybe It's Time
by A Star is Born • Lesson #188
Play-along cover (full song):
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In this lesson I’ll teach you how to play a solo acoustic version of “Maybe It’s Time,” as heard in the 2018 version of the film “A Star is Born”. This is a song that only needs 3-4 common chords, which can either be strummed or played via fingerpicking. There’s one tricky part of the song, which involves walking down from G to D/F# to E-minor – which I’ll show you how to tackle in two different ways. I hope you find this helpful, check out my lesson for “Shallow” also from this movie.
Lyrics and Chords
INTRO E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ––––––––0–––––––0–––––––0––––––––– <= right middle * If fingerpicking, use the fingers G ––––––––––––0–––––––0–––––––0––––– <= right index shown here. If playing with a pick, D ––––––0–––––––0–––––––0–––––––0––– <= right thumb freely strum a G chord and try to A –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– accent the open B-string to mimic E ––3–––––––3–––––––3–––––––3––––––– <= right thumb the sound of these notes. G 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + VERSE G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die C G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die C It takes a lot to change a man G D/F# Em Hell, it takes a lot to try D C G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die G Nobody knows what waits for the dead C G Nobody knows what waits for the dead C Some folks just believe in the things they've G D/F# Em Heard and the things they've read D C G Nobody knows what waits for the dead CHORUS C G I'm glad I can't go back to where I came from C G I'm glad those days are gone, gone for good C But if I could take spirits from my G D/F# Em D C Past and bring 'em here... you know I would... know I would G Nobody speaks to God these days C G Nobody speaks to God these days C I'd like to think he's lookin' down G D/F# Em Laughin' at our ways D C G Nobody speaks to God these days C G When I was a child, they tried to fool me C G Said the worldly man was lost and that a hell was real C But I've seen hell in Reno G D/F# Em D C And this world's----- one big old Catherine wheel, spinning steel G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die C G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die C It takes a lot to change a man G D/F# Em And a train to change your mind D C G Maybe it's time to let the old ways die D C G (end on G) Oh, maybe it's time to let the old ways die
You only need three chords for this song (G, C, and D). Here’s a few ways to play them:
E –––3––––0––––2–––– E –––3––––3––––2–––– B –––0––––1––––3–––– B –––3––––3––––3–––– G –––0––––0––––2–––– G –––0––––0––––2–––– D –––0––––2––––0–––– or D –––0––––2––––0–––– A –––2––––3––––––––– A –––2––––3––––––––– E –––3–––––––––––––– E –––3–––––––––––––– G C D G C D
Walking down from G to Em
In both the verse and the chorus, there’s a distinctive walk-down that can be heard (from G to D/F# to E-minor). Here’s two different ways to play it. When I do a D/F#, I either focus on the bottom four strings (2002xx) – or I’ll just keep the G shape with my pinky, but add the F# bass note (2nd fret of the low E string). They both sound good, in my opinion.
E ––––––3––––––––––-––––––0–––– E ––––––3––––––––3–-––––––0–––– B ––––––0––––––––––-––––––0–––– B ––––––0––––––––0–-––––––0–––– G ––––––0––––––––2–-––––––0–––– G ––––––0––––––––0–-––––––0–––– D ––––––0––––––––0–-––––––2–––– or D ––––––0––––––––0–-––––––2–––– A ––––––2––––––––0–-––––––2–––– A ––––––2––––––––x–-––––––2–––– E –––3––3–––––2––2–––––0––0–––– E –––3––3–––––2––2–––––0––0–––– G D/F# Em G G/F# Em
Chord progression cheat sheet:
Here’s a bird’s eye view of the chord progressions used in this song (i.e., for the verse and chorus). They’re very similar, the only differences being which chords you start & end with - for the most part. Remember, four counts per measure.
Verse: "Maybe it's time to let the old ways die..." | G | G | G | G | | C | C | G | G | | C | C | G D/F# | Em | | D | C | G | G | Chorus: "I'm glad I can't go back to where I came from..." | C | C | G | G | | C | C | G | G | | C | C | G D/F# | Em | | D | D | C | C |
The main idea with the strumming pattern, no matter which one you choose to employ, is to try to accent the 2 and the 4 counts. Even if you do simple down-strums on all 4 counts, try to give a little oomph to the 2 and the 4 (or alternatively, ease up on the 1 and the 3).
Simple strum: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D D > > Full strum #1: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U > > Full strum #2: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D U U D U > >
I hope this helps, and as always let me know if you have any questions.
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