Wish You Were Here

by Pink Floyd • Lesson #65 • May 6, 2017

Editor’s Notes

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to play the classic Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here. I’ll show you how to play the intro (with tabs), explain the chords needed, talk about strumming pattern, and more. This is just a fabulous song, great for beginners (I keep this version as easy as possible), but also quite fun for seasoned musicians.

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Timestamps:

  • 0:00 Playthrough
  • 2:20 Lesson overview
  • 3:34 Intro Riff, part 1
  • 5:40 Intro Riff, part 2
  • 7:05 Verse strumming, simple
  • 7:50 Verse strumming, advanced

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Intro riff

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#).

See my song sheet for the intro tab.

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       

Strumming pattern

If you’re just getting started with things, I recommend the following simple strum. Do down strums on all 4 counts, but try to accent (give extra oomph) to the “1” and “3” counts. In repetition, this would read as “DOWN down DOWN down DOWN down DOWN down…”

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +    
D   d   D   d          

From there, you can take things to the next level by doing this “down… down, down up” pattern over and over. See my video lesson for reference! In repetition, this reads as “DOWN… down, down up DOWN… down, down up DOWN… down, down up…”

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D       d   d u        

Finally, there’s an advanced strumming pattern you can do (which I also show in the video lesson). This pattern takes up two full measures. This would be spoken as “DOWN… down, down up, up down, down up down up DOWN… down, down up, up down, down up down up.”

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
D       d   d u   u d   d u d u

Hope this helps!

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

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