Now that we’ve added to our chord repertoire, we’re going to apply what we’ve learned so far to a new song, “Wish You Were Here”, by Pink floyd:
The structure of the song is a little more complicated than the songs we played previously, so we’ll break it down into sections and learn each of these in turn before piecing everything together. We’ll also be applying some different strumming techniques and looking very briefly at a basic sixteenth note strumming pattern we can use for the intro and verses of the song. As before, we’ll be playing a simplified version so we can get to grips with some of the concepts and strumming techniques.
Intro – 0:00 – 1:18
The introduction uses the chords Em, G major and A major. If you listen to the recording, you might also notice a few different techniques and strumming patterns being used. The first technique we come across is the use of single notes to create a melody. A melody is a sequence of single notes which form a tune and it is usually the bit you find humming to yourself when you sing in the shower. Apart from playing our spider exercise (which, as we discovered, isn’t very tuneful), we haven’t had a look at creating melodies yet, so we’ll learn a nice, simple version of the melody in the song to get us started.
The other technique you’ll notice in the intro is the use of sixteenth note strumming patterns. These are similar to our eighth note strumming patterns (i.e., counting “1 .. & … 2 … & … 3 … & … 4 … & …”), only we play them twice as fast. We’ll only be looking at this very briefly to familiarise ourselves with the concept, and we’ll play an easy sixteenth note strumming pattern to get us started. Sixteenth note strumming will be covered in more depth later on in the course once you have had a chance to develop your strumming technique using quarter and eighth notes.
We’re going to learn two versions of the song: the first one is a strumming only version to help us to reinforce our strumming patterns and to learn the new sixteenth note pattern; the second version includes the melody we can hear in the intro, and includes some new lead guitar techniques for us to practice.