David Gilmour Biography

Lead singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd


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David Gilmour

David 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 up there with the great British guitar players like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Brian May, and Mark Knopfler.

A genuine collector, David Gilmour is the proud owner of the first Fender Stratocaster ever made, aptly named ‘number one’. It is said to be very sensitive indeed.

Pink Floyd in the studio

As Pink Floyd produce their own records, the process they use is not widely known.

Stories about what goes on are always vague, such as the one of a late night when David Gilmour was mixing ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ in his home and the former frontman of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, just walked in!

At first, nobody even recognized him. He spoke for a while with the band and left later that night. None of the band members ever saw him again.

David Gilmour’s guitar work on ‘Wish You Were Here’ is immense, his touch is instantly recognizable, as are his note choices.

The genius opening chord of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ was actually a mistake, one that they built a whole song from!

Rolling Stones magazine placed ‘Wish You Were Here’ on their list of Greatest Albums Of All Time.

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Wish You Were Here – Guitar Lesson

Wish You Were HereThe Stadium meets campfire trick that ‘Wish You Were Here’ pull off have been attempted by so many bands since. It’s actually difficult to think of one that doesn’t sound a bit like “the original”.

This is not a song to jam and improvise over, so legendary are the licks you simply must learn each and every one of them, note for note.

Go to video lessons: Wish You Were Here chords.

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.

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