Young and Beautiful

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This song is from The Great Gatsby (2013) starring Leonardo DiCaprio. I don’t normally get into Baz Luhrmann films, but The Great Gatsby was excellent. I love this song by Lana Del Rey. Her singing is intently insecure and obsessive — as though she’s trying to will a love into existence that will remain unrequited.

The Great Gatsby is a film based on theĀ 1925 novel of the same name. The film follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his neighbor Nick Carraway. Seven years on, a classic image from the film is one of the most common memes you’ll see on social media.

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Gear used

For Young and Beautiful I used my Cordoba GK Studio guitar. It’s an easy playing classical with low action, and long scale neck that’s very thin. You can find a current list of my gear here.

How to play Young and Beautiful | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Young and Beautiful is beautifully written across two pages. It may look easy to play, but I recommend this piece for intermediate guitar players and up.

My order of play looks like this, in accordance with the guitar tab: Intro 2x, Verse 2x, Pre Chorus, Chorus 2x — Post Chorus, Bridge, Chorus 2x, Post Chorus.

If you’re already a fan of this song, I hope it brings back some memories. Enjoy the guitar tab is available below:

Lana Del Rey: Young and Beautiful | fingerstyle guitar

Young and Beautiful is played in standard tuning.


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Matthew's dad, Jennifer's husband, bass player - New Invisible Joy, YouTuber, short-film composer, creator of modern content for guitar.