Learn How To Play Wish You Were Here
Chords and Guitar Lessons
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Complete song & In the course
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.
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.
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.
Wish You Were Here – Step 1
To make it sound nice, focus on how you change the dynamics of your strumming hand, maintaining the rhythm.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 2
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.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 3
Whenever I play the intro chords, play the licks, and focus on getting them perfect.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 4
The first five exercises move each shape between chord VI – II – III. The last five loop chord I – IV – V.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 5
This will be a great way to check how well you know those Minor and Major Pentatonic shapes.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 6
We do this in the open position and focus on what intervals are used as well as playing the syncopated rhythm just as written.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 7
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.
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Wish You Were Here – Step 8
Focus on what interval each phrase starts and end with and you will be on to great things.
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Known for his melodic ability and fantastic tone, David Gilmour has always been considered one of the truly great British guitar players.
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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.
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The advanced songs require you to learn 7th note chords and modal scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.
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