Transcribing Notes From John Neil (Head Transcriber)
Shape of My Heart – Sting – Song Breakdown
A nice Sting melody with the range of C#3 to D4. It tells of a card player who gambles not to win but to find some kind of mystical logic to luck.
For keyboards, what I hear mostly is cello that appears on occasion. I notated that (or what I could make of it), and also put some in other verses in just the left hand, so there is something to do. There is also a harmonica part (including the solo), which I assigned to the keyboards as well.
This is the main acoustic guitar part, which is a picking part. It does basically the same thing over and over, but with some variations. And then in the solo it modulates up a 5th.
There isn’t a strum guitar in this song, so a part was made up, done at capo 2. There are some more complicated chords, but shouldn’t be too difficult to play.
Sting’s bass part. Some subtle slide work and octave riffs here. In live performances he does more of a walking down line through the main progression sometimes (which changes the chords), but this is the studio rendition.