Guitar lesson for
Wish You Were Here
Print-friendly PDF of this lesson available!
Support me on Patreon to get access to a print-friendly PDF chord sheet (w/ tabs, etc) for this lesson. This will also give you access to chord sheets I’ve already made for other lessons. Thanks for your support!
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#).
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
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––– x 2 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––– x 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––– x 1, then repeat intro (with solo) A –––0–0h2–0––––––––2––2–2––2–2––– or begin the first verse E ––––––––––––3–––––3––3–3––3–3––– G
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 [ play full intro, with solo ] 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 [ repeat intro as desired, with or without solo, end ]
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.
Enjoy my lessons? Buy me a beer!
If this and my other lessons have proven helpful to you, please consider making a one-time donation to my tip jar. Contributions of any amount help make this project possible (including the many, many hours I put into it).
You can also support me on Patreon. For only $3/month you'll get access to a print-friendly PDF of my notes for each lesson.
Subscribe to my YouTube channel
Be sure to never miss a lesson by subscribing on YouTube. I put out 2-3 new videos every week. These include full song lessons, as well as covers, practice tips, behind-the-scenes updates. Thanks!
Recent video lessons:
📝 Print-friendly PDFs now available for all new lessons I make, including all those listed below. Get a free sample »
- Adding pinky accent notes to a chord progression (Practice Log #5)
Nov 11, 2018
- Adding pentatonic licks w/ strumming in A-minor (Warm Up #9)
Nov 8, 2018
- Maybe It's Time from A Star is Born
Nov 4, 2018
- Palm muting basics
Oct 31, 2018
- "One Horse Town" riffing on A-minor and C (Warm Up #8)
Oct 28, 2018
- Transitioning between Em7 - D/F# - G (Warm Up #7)
Oct 24, 2018
- "Pretty Woman" lick, played 4 ways
Oct 13, 2018
- Shallow by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
Oct 11, 2018
- Mudfootball G-D7 shuffle (Warm Up #6)
Oct 7, 2018
- A-minor murder ballad groove (Warm Up #5)
Oct 2, 2018
- How to play Fadd9
Sept 27, 2018
- Blaze Foley country strumming (Warm Up #4)
Sept 25, 2018
- Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis
Sept 22, 2018
- "Sultans of Swing" chorus lick (Warm Up #3)
Sept 19, 2018
- Learning how to Travis Pick with "Clay Pigeons"
Sept 13, 2018
- Lady May by Tyler Childers
Sept 7, 2018
Monthly email updates
If you want to keep posted of new lessons over email, sign up for my newsletter. I'll email once a month with a digest of all my new videos. I promise: no spam.