Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Chords and strumming

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Wish You Were Here chords and strumming


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 during the intro/instrumental section.

| 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.

You’ll learn how to play Wish You Were Here using complete TAB, including the intro licks 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 that 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 as it comes from the very bottom of his heart.

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.

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Wish You Were Here – Lyrics

Wish You Were HereSo, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail

For complete lyrics, go to Wish You Were Here lyrics.

David Gilmour – Biography

david-gilmour-thumbDavid Gilmour is an English musician, best known as the lead guitarist, primary singer and one of the main songwriters in the band Pink Floyd.

Known for his melodic ability and fantastic tone, David Gilmour has always been considered one of the truly great British guitar players.

To find out more, go to David Gilmour biography.

Pink Floyd – Biography

pink-floyd-thumbPink Floyd are an English rock band that sold an estimated seventy-five million albums in the United States alone.

With their laid-back blues-influenced psychedelic rock, they have had hits like Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb, Money and Wish You Were Here.

To find out more, go to Pink Floyd biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

To see all the lessons in the advanced course, go to Advanced Guitar Course


These are pretty advanced exercises. You’ll be playing 7th note chords, arpeggios and modes all over the neck.

But don’t fret – As you’ve already mapped out the fretboard with pentatonic scales and barre chords, extending the concept is actually really simple.

Preview the exercises from the course here: Advanced Guitar Lessons

Advanced Songs

Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Close To You, Creepin’ In, Don’t Wait Too Long, I Shot The Sheriff, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, and Wish You Were Here.

To preview each song, go to Advanced Acoustic Songs

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