Shape of My heart

Shape of My Heart by Sting (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Shape of My Heart was written by Sting and his long-term guitarist Dominic Miller in 1993. It appears on his album Ten Summoner's Tales and was featured in the hit film Léon, released in 1994. The song was created by Miller writing the stunning guitar riff and Sting then adding the lyrics later on. Shape of My Heart is reasonably difficult to play, with the trickiest part to master being the chords. Miller has used quite big grips and you have to stretch your hand a fair amount to reach the notes. So expect a little bit of arm ache if you're not used to this!

Alright, let's start learning how to play Shape Of My Heart.

Song Details:

  • Key - F#m/C#m
  • Standard tuning
  • Difficulty - high intermediate

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Shape Of My Heart Guitar Lesson

There's really just two parts to Shape of My Heart. There's a verse, which is the same as the chorus, and an instrumental that's the same as the verse and chorus but in a different key. Although it has just two parts to it, the song uses rich and sophisticated chords so it never sounds repetitive in any way.

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Shape Of My Heart Guitar Lesson (Part 2)

The only other section of Shape Of My Heart is the instrumental part. Here you're more or less following the exact same progression as the verse but now you're in the key C# minor.

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Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. Lee left a comment on 30th November 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for a brilliant lesson. That is a sublime rendition.
    What guitar do you use?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th November 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Really glad you like it. It’s a Yamaha CPX 500vs.

  2. Farris left a comment on 3rd April 2019 at 3:08 pm

    It was from this lesson on youtube how I came to find your site… shame I’ve already learnt the majority of your 60 tracks as your lessons are great especially with the provided tabs, will definatly recomend you to any of my friends wanting to develop thier finger picking skills.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 3rd April 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks Farris, welcome along to the site, really pleased you like the lessons. I’ll be adding new ones indefinitely.

  3. Joshua left a comment on 11th April 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Ah, love this song. Very nice lesson as well. What model Yamaha are you playing?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th April 2019 at 2:24 pm

      It’s a great song. It’s a Yamaha CPX 500.

  4. C left a comment on 12th July 2019 at 1:04 pm

    You’ve taught me so much. Thanks for such great instruction. My average guitar skills are now bumped up a notch.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 16th July 2019 at 11:12 am

      That’s great, I’m really pleased to have helped you along. It’s always such a great feeling when your playing moves up a level.

  5. sibnoob left a comment on 6th September 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Is it wrong if i dont play first bass notes of D6 and E6, it just sound better to me idk. Thanks for the lesson

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th September 2019 at 10:18 am

      I think it’s often ok to make small changes. Best thing you can do is to record yourself and then listen back.

  6. Gary Whitley left a comment on 3rd November 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Chris. Thanks for your lessons, I’m getting loads out of them. I just wondered where the tab for this one is?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 6th November 2020 at 10:57 am

      Thanks a lot Gary. All TABs had to be removed due to copyright laws, I’m currently transcribing this one so it should be back in the coming weeks once it’s legally been published.

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