Wish You Were Here

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 licks 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.

In the advanced course, we dive deep into everything that makes ‘Wish You Were Here’ a hit.

Chord progression

The chords to ‘Wish You Were Here’ 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 |

The simple variation of switching C and D/F# around drives the tune forward, still maintaining that meditative feel.

The opening licks Gilmour plays use major and Minor Pentatonic scale shapes.

You’ll learn how to play ‘Wish You Were Here’ using complete TAB and how to apply these techniques to any song when you take the advanced course.

Strumming pattern

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

As well as the video lesson, 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 comes from the very 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 as well as 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’. The simple chord progression, great playing and writing really come together in this masterpiece.

In the advanced guitar course, we study how Gilmour switches Pentatonic Scales and adds tiny little chromatic movements to make his guitar parts come alive.

There’s a full analysis of every part, including TAB, but that is merely the starting point. There is so much to learn from ‘Wish You Were Here’, both as a guitar player and songwriter.