Wish You Were Here Chords

Wish You Were Here chords lesson

Learn how to play Wish You Were Here note for note!

It’s hard to imagine a more epic “one acoustic guitar” kind of song than ‘Wish You Were Here’ by British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd.

Even the hammer on’s are classics, repeated many times since.

Copied by hundreds of other famous songs in progression, chord shapes and guitar style it is compulsory to learn ‘Wish You Were Here’ note for note.

To learn more from Wish You Were Here, take the Advanced Guitar Course where we dive deep into everything that makes Wish You Were Here a hit.

Wish You Were Here Chord Progression

Wish You Were Here chords are simple and form this progression:


Em7 | G | Em7 | G | Em7 |
A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G | G |

Here’s the Verse/Chorus progression:

C | D/F# | Am | G |
D/F# | C | Am | G |

This simple variation of switching C and D/F# over drives the tune forward and makes playing the song meditative.

The opening licks Gilmour play use minor and major pentatonic scale shapes, more on this when you take the Advanced Guitar Course.

Wish You Were Here Strumming pattern

The strumming pattern for ‘Wish You Were Here’ is simple and repetitive, causing a meditative effect which works well with the longing lyrical theme of Wish You Were Here.

As well as the video, listen to the original recording and hear how much attention to detail there is in the opening guitar licks.

This is David Gilmour’s main strength, he makes every note sound like it came from the bottom of his heart.

Here’s a video with a close up of the right hand so you can see more clearly what strings are being hit, if there’s an upstroke or downstroke etc.

Wish You Were Here in the guitar course

There is so much you can learn from ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Simple progression, great playing and writing really come together in this master piece.

In the Advanced Guitar Course we study how Gilmour switch pentatonic scales and add tiny little chromatic movements to make his guitar parts come alive.

There’s a full analysis with TAB of every part played in the video lesson.