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David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Lyle: Here's the looping jam track you'll use for
this lesson. It's in the key of B minor.
The chords are Bm-A-G-Em-Bm. Here's a TAB file with these chords in it.
Here's a video clip of me playing the chords, sometimes it helps to watch the
Most of the licks are based around the B natural minor scale:
The natural minor scale is also known as the Aeolian mode, the 6th mode related
to the major scale.
Lyle: It's often called the relative minor
Lyle: Listen to this TAB file as I play it along
with the jam. You'll notice how each note of the scale sounds great with the
The Bm pentatonic is also the scale of choice for a progression like
get the "Gilmour sound" for this song, try using a Strat style guitar with the
pickup selector in the bridge position. Use distortion, delay, reverb and
chorus. Gilmour has an FX rack bigger than your fridge.
Now I'm going to show you a bunch of short simple riffs, then I'll give you a
few examples of how they could go together. This first lick is using just 4
different notes. It starts on the flatted 3rd degree of the Bmin scale, then it
uses the 4th, bends up to the 5th before it drops down to the root.
Lick 2 has a 1 1/2 step bend at the beginning of the 2nd measure.
exactly do you do it to get the note to sustain longer? I'm not good at
Lyle: It can be a few things, quality of the
guitar/amp and left hand finger technique. Keep your finger firmly on the note.
When trying to sustain a note, keep a strong pressure on the note so it doesn't
die early. If you lift up just a little you'll risk having the note die. Also,
try slight vibrato.
Lyle: Lick 3 is just a fancy way of descending
the B minor pentatonic. During the 3rd note of this lick (9th fret, A string)
Strike the note at the 9th fret and quickly slide to the 7th fret without
plucking it again.
Lick 4 starts off real powerful with a barred 2nd and 3rd string riff.
Lick 5 starts off with a quick "pick rake" technique. Grab the first 3 strings
with your index finger and barre them, then push your pick quickly down through
Lick 6 is a standard blues lick which ends on the b3 of the Bmin scale.
Lick 7 is a descending B minor pentatonic scale, 3 notes at a time.
The high note in lick 8 (12th fret, 1st string) is bent up a whole step to the
5th degree in Bmin and ends again on the flatted 3rd.
The last note of lick 9 (10th fret, 2nd string) is bent up a whole step to the
root of the key, B.
There, I told you these where short, simple licks! Now lets use some of the
licks from above and play them together.
solo example 1, do you hear pieces of licks from above? Here's another example:
solo 3 you'll climb high up the neck and use the same Bmin scale pattern to
create the lick.
little touch sure give it the Gilmour sound.
There you go, 3 solo examples and a couple handfuls of licks. Memorize them and try playing them along to the looping jam
track in any order.
Lyle: That’s all for this lesson.
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