The First Few Steps

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).


5 thoughts on “The First Few Steps

  1. Jessalyn, you are doing really well! I love this song, but it does seem very difficult on the guitar. I think it takes a lot of self-awareness to re-evaluate your plan and take a step back to learn the basics. Building a concrete foundation will definitely help you improve and progress in the future! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. By the looks of your video, you are doing really well! I imagine that learning specific songs can be pretty overwhelming, so I think it is a good idea that you decided to take a step back and concentrate on mastering your technique.

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  3. Great job! I am also learning how to play the acoustic guitar for my learning project this semester. When I was choosing a song I definitely steered away from choosing a song that had any finger picking in it because I was afraid of the difficulty level. I think that it is really brave that you chose a finger picking as the skill you would like to learn. It will pay off in the long run and it looks like you are learning a lot already! Keep up the awesome work!

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  4. Being adaptable is an important character trait to have and especially beneficial for teachers. Great job adjusting your plan. Aside from that, you are doing excellent with your skill.

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