Pink Floyd Biography

70 Million album sales in the U.S

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are an English rock band that has 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.

Having gone through several member changes, Pink Floyd has always remained epic sounding.

Pink Floyd is all about the album experience. Check out Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and The Division Bell.


Wish You Were Here followed Dark Side Of The Moon!

Wish You Were Here is the title track from Pink Floyd’s 1975 studio album.

To attempt a follow-up of 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon is not a job any band would like but Pink Floyd certainly delivered with Wish You Were Here.

This album dealt with Syd Barrett’s mental state. Both Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here are directly written about Syd.

Recorded on and off at Abbey Road studios (same studio as The Beatles used), Wish You Were Here was completed over many sessions.

The material came from ideas that the band had come up with during touring with Dark Side Of The Moon.


Guitar Lessons


Wish You Were Here – Step 1 (Free Preview)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 start and end with and you will be on to great things.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

The 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.

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Lyrics

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

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