May 5, 2017

Guitar lesson for Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Video lesson

Editor’s notes

Simple version below, meant to get folks started with this song. The more musically astute among you will notice some corners I may have cut in some of the very minor details with the intro riff’s tab. I also am using standard chord shapes for the verse/chorus chords (where I believe Pink Floyd likely plays inversions of these chords, such as C/G and D/F#).

Chords needed

For the intro:

E –––––3–––––3–––––3–––––
B –––––3–––––3–––––3–––––
G –––––0–––––0–––––0–––––
D –––––0–––––2–––––2–––––
A –––––2–––––––––––0–––––
E –––––3–––––––––––––––––
       G    Em7  A7sus4

For the verse:

E –––––3––––0––––2––––0–––––
B –––––3––––1––––3––––1–––––
G –––––0––––0––––2––––2–––––
D –––––0––––2––––0––––2–––––
A –––––2––––3–––––––––0–––––
E –––––3––––––––––––––––––––
       G    C    D    Am                  

Intro riff

E ––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––
B ––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––
G ––––––––––––––––0––0–0––0––––––––0––––––––0––0–0––0–––
D –––––––––0–2––––2––2–2––2––––––2–––2–0––––0––0–0––0–––
A –––––0h2––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
E –––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
                  Em7                       G   

E ––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––
B ––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–––
G ––––––––––––––––0––0–0––0–––––––––––––––––0––0–0––0–––
D –––––––––0–2––––2––2–2––2––––––2–0––––––––2––2–2––2–––
A –––––0h2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––2–0––––0––0–0––0–––
E –––3––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
                  Em7                       A7sus4

E ––––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–3–––
B ––––––––––––––––––3––3–3––3–3–––
G ––––––––––––––––––0––0–0––0–0–––
D ––––––––––––––––––0––0–0––0–0–––
A –––0–0h2–0––––––––2––2–2––2–2–––
E ––––––––––––3–––––3––3–3––3–3–––

Lyrics w/ chords

C                           D
...So, so you think you can tell
            Am                    G
Heaven from hell, blue skies from pain
                     D                       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

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

C                                  D
...How I wish, how I wish you were here
           Am                                     G
We’re just two lost souls swimmin’ in a fish bowl, year after year
D                                   C
Running over the same old ground... what have we found
             Am                       G
The same old fears... I wish you were here  

Hope this helps!

This is a great song, good luck with it, and I hope this helped you.