Wish You Were Here

Learn How To Play Wish You Were Here

Chords and Guitar Lessons

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Complete song & In the course


About

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/outro sections.

| Em7 | G | Em7 | G | Em7 |

A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G | G |

Here’s the verse/chorus progression:

| C/G | D/F# | Am | G |

D/F# | C | Am | G |

The simple variation of switching C and D 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, and syncopated vocal melody.

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’s 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 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, we also move those intro licks to all areas of the neck and even play the vocal melody.


Guitar Lessons


Wish You Were Here – Step 1

Watch WIsh You Were Here video guitar lesson step 1In this first step, we look at how to strum the verse/chorus as well as the more complex intro.

To make it sound nice, focus on how you change the dynamics of your strumming hand, maintaining the rhythm.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 1.


Wish You Were Here – Step 2

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 2Let’s take a look at those four licks played during the intro in detail.

There is lots to learn from here, the unexpected b9 bends, the call and response between chord VI and I. Let’s learn this note for note.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 2.


Wish You Were Here – Step 3

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 3Let’s play the complete song. Simply play along with me and the singer in the video.

Whenever I play the intro chords, play the licks, and focus on getting them perfect.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 3.


Wish You Were Here – Step 4

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 4This step is a Minor and Major Pentatonic check-up extravaganza.

The first five exercises move each shape between chord VI – II – III. The last five loop chord I – IV – V.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 4.


Wish You Were Here – Step 5

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 5Let’s move those perfect intro licks to all areas of the neck.

This will be a great way to check how well you know those Minor and Major Pentatonic shapes.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 5.


Wish You Were Here – Step 6

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 6In this step, we work on playing the vocal melodies of the chorus and verses.

We do this in the open position and focus on what intervals are used as well as playing the syncopated rhythm just as written.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 6.


Wish You Were Here – Step 7

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 7Let’s play the chorus melody in all shapes as this will help us identify intervals in relation to chord shapes.

The ultimate goal is that you can play through all shapes in one go, just like the last TAB loop does, without looking at the TAB.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 7.


Wish You Were Here – Step 8

Watch Wish You Were Here video guitar lesson step 8Today we do what we did in the last step but with verse 2’s vocal melody.

Focus on what interval each phrase starts and end with and you will be on to great things.

Go to Wish You Were Here Step 8.


Related Pages


Lyrics

Wish You Were Here Lyrics and original recordingSo, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell
Blue skies from pain
Can you tell a green field

Go to Wish You Were Here Lyrics.


Biography

David Gilmour biography and concert videosDavid 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.

Go to David Gilmour Biography.


Biography

pink floyd biography and videosPink 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.

Go to Pink Floyd Biography.


Course

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.

Go to Advanced Guitar Course.


Songs

Learn how to play famous advanced songs.

Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, 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.

Go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.


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