This week for my learning project I started on learning the first bit of the song Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. After realizing how hard finger-picking is (especially for beginners) I have decided that I am going to re-evaluate my goals for this project. My goals are not going to be “play a specific song” but instead learn a variety of techniques on how to play the guitar and get a decent basis in case I want to pursue guitar in the future. I have a decent base because of EMUS 202, however, I only learned to strum and that’s really it so turning my focus to fingerpicking is going to be a lot better.
So to first get a basis for this song I had to look up the basics of finger picking. Once again all this took was a quick google search and I found this. Basically, it teaches you the proper technique so you are using the correct finger to pluck the correct string. Next, I looked up a tutorial on how to play Shallow on YouTube and found this. Obviously, I was not able to learn the entire song but I have a grasp of the basics which is a start. I have the first chord patterns done and it was incredibly hard for me so I am quite proud. Here is the video of me playing the first couple of notes (very slowly).