First Steps with Pink Floyd's "Breathe"

Lesson #544 • Mar 13, 2024

Today we’re looking at Pink Floyd’s classic Breathe, played on an acoustic guitar. I’ll teach things as Pink Floyd plays them — but also include a ton of handy tips for simplifying the chord shapes, riffs, and strumming patterns. This will let you play the song in a way that suits your skill level perfectly, whether you’re earlier along in your guitar journey or a bit more experienced. Remember, hit the play button when the lion roars for the third time 😜

  • 0:00 Lesson Summary
  • 2:16 Chord Progression
  • 3:30 Chords Shapes
  • 10:12 Playthrough
  • 12:49 Rhythm & Strum Patterns
  • 16:18 Raked Strumming
  • 20:02 E-min Slide Guitar Riffs
  • 23:41 A-maj Riffs
  • 27:26 Practice Track Preview

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Play-Along Practice Tracks

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Here’s a custom track I made you can use to practice chord changes, strumming, or even lead guitar. This goes through the two progressions I teach (looped for 5 minutes), with graphics following along to you know which chord is next. Audio-only version available to download by Song Notes members.Download audio version.

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Same as above, but without the rhythm guitar. You can still follow the chord changes via the bass and on-screen graphics… which makes this ideal if you want to work on strumming and staying on the beat, without having to compete with another guitar in the recording. Audio-only version available to download by Song Notes members. Download audio version.

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Pink Floyd’s Album Recording of Breathe

Breathe, Live in 1994

Tips for Soloing Over Breathe

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