3-String Guitar Lesson – Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”

Pink Floyd’s song “Wish You Were Here” is a true Rock & Roll masterpiece!  It’s one of those songs that has been so firmly planted into the world’s musical consciousness that it’s hard to think of a world before it.  The intro guitar riff is one of the first riffs I ever learned on guitar, and David Gilmore’s acoustic guitar solo at the beginning of this song might as well have written the rule-book for classic rock acoustic guitar solos.

Aside from being an amazing song to listen to, this song is the perfect etude for learning the fundamentals of guitar technique, whether it be on a conventional 6-string or, in this case, the 3-string guitar.  The intro teaches you chord/melody playing, the solo teaches you the fundamental techniques behind string bending, string sliding, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, and the chord changes include some of the most commonly used open chord voicings.

Thanks to Todd Neal of Mt. Pilot CBGs for building the 3-String License Plate Resonator used in this video lesson, and Terry Brasher for suggesting the lesson.  If you would like to suggest a lesson for Cigar Box Guitar, One-String Diddley Bow, 6-String Guitar, or Slide Guitar, just send me a message.

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~Justin Johnson
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Posted on January 26, 2015, in cigar box guitar and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Richard Brantley

    Great lesson and one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  2. If only I could ……………….

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  3. I love your arrangement and the chords! I’ve got my work cut out for me, but with your easy teaching style, I know I will eventually get this 🙂

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  4. Nothing to say but awesome! Such great sustain. I was playing that earlier today on my 6 string. Great song to showcase that guitar!

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  5. Great as always Justin!! Just great!✌️✌️🙏

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