Wish You Were Here chords by Pink Floyd


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Wish You Were Here chords and lyrics

Intro

| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G |
| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 |

Verse 1

| C/G | D/F# |
So, so you think you can tell,
| Am | G |
heaven from hell, blue skies from pain.
| D/F# | C |
Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail,
| Am | G |
a smile from a veil, do you think you can tell.

Verse 2

| C/G | D/F# |
Did they get you to trade, your heroes for ghosts?
| Am | G |
Hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze.
| D/F# | C |
Cold comfort for change, did you exchange,
| Am | G |
a walk-on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage.

Instrumental

| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G |
| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 |

Chorus

| C/G | D/F# |
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
| Am | G |
We’re just two lost souls, swimming in a fishbowl, year after year.
| D/F# | C |
Running over the same old ground, what have we found,
| Am | G |
the same old fears, wish you were here.

Outro

||: Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G |
| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 :||

You can learn how to play Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd!

It’s hard to imagine a more epic acoustic guitar 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 especially guitar style, it is compulsory to learn Wish You Were Here note for note.

In the advanced acoustic guitar course, we study David Gilmour’s guitar work as well as dive deep into everything that makes Wish You Were Here a hit.

Below, there are two video guitar lessons discussing the strumming of the verse, chorus, and intro, complete with video TAB loops for you to practice along with.

These are played exactly as David did on that great original Wish You Were Here recording, enjoy!


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Wish You Were Here chords and strumming the verse and chorus

Let’s look at how to strum the verse/chorus of Wish You Were Here. The chords are simple and the strumming is very repetitive. To make it sound nice, focus on how you change the dynamics of your strumming hand.

Here’s the verse/chorus rhythm as well as the rhythm of the vocal melody, verse 2. Notice how the syncopated vocal needs the repetitive guitar.

Use the TAB loop in the playlist above to play along with me and this chart. Focus on the dynamics of your strumming.

Later on, you’ll actually play that vocal melody, all over the neck, hunting down what interval is used in relation to each chord.

Wish You Were Here strumming pattern and vocal melody rhythm

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Wish You Were Here chords and strumming the intro

Now that you can strum the verse and chorus, let’s move on to the famous intro strumming, this is, in contrast to what we just looked at, very sophisticated.

Below is the TAB. Make sure you play this exactly as written. For best results, practice along with the TAB loop in the playlist above.

Wish You Were Here | Intro strumming TAB

The chords are simple and form a repetitive progression during the intro/instrumental/outro sections.

Notice how the G is mainly a G5 by muting the 5th string. Only the bass line towards the end of the bar has the 3rd, making it a G chord.

In the course, we next look at how to play the legendary intro licks, this is followed by playing the complete song, practicing some scales before we start digging deep, and really learning from Wish You Here.

What we do is move those intro licks all over the fretboard, this is great for understanding the fretboard as you start seeing the CAGED pentatonic shapes as intervals, this is very important.

As if doing this wasn’t enough, we also look at playing the vocal melody of both the verse and chorus, again, all over the neck.

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Wish You Were Here – 8 Guitar Lessons

In this first series of lessons from the advanced acoustic course, we learn Wish You Were Here step by step.

As this is not too difficult we also work on our minor and major pentatonic scales and play the intro licks and the vocal melody in all shapes.

Go to Wish You Were Here – 8 Guitar Lessons.


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 considered one of the truly great British guitar players.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is 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 had hits like Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb, Money, and Wish You Were Here.

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Advanced Acoustic Songs

These songs use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, and chord, anywhere on the guitar.

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Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

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