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

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 acoustic guitar 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 song 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 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.

Listen to the original recording and hear how much attention to detail there is in not just the opening guitar licks, but also in the strumming.

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, the 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.

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 1)

In the video above, starting at 5:07, you find a preview of Wish You Were Here’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 1 from the course.

In this step we discuss why you should play a super simple strumming pattern, rather than one that changes.

The reason for this is that the vocal melody is so syncopated, it needs the foundation of the repetitive guitar.

Below is notation describing the strumming in relation to the vocal melody. Notice how they overlap.

To get access to all other guitar lessons on how to play Wish You Were Here, including the intro licks, how to move those licks to all areas of the neck as well as how to play that vocal melody, sign up here.

Wish You Were Here – 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, play the intro licks and the vocal melody in all shapes.

Go to Wish You Were Here – Guitar Lessons.

Wish You Were Here – Lyrics

So, so you think you can tell, heaven from hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail,
a smile from a veil, do you think you can tell.

Go to Wish You Were Here – Lyrics.

David Gilmour – Biography

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 – Biography

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

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Advanced Acoustic – 18 Songs

You can learn how to play these 18 advanced acoustic songs!

Angel Eyes, Angels, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, Blackbird, Cannonball, Don’t Wait Too Long, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, I Shot The Sheriff, I Wish, Over The Rainbow, Roxanne, Scarborough Fair, Sunshine Of Your Love, Take Me To The River, Tears In Heaven, Tenderness, Wish You Were Here, and Why Don’t You Do Right.

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