David Gilmour Guitar Methods

Pink Floyd is a British progressive rock band famous for its songwriting, harmonic classical rock compositions, bombastic style, striking album art and elaborate live shows. In This Lesson I Will Show you easy Gilmour Licks and tricks to get close to his style and sound.

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Dave Gilmour was the replacement for Syd Barrett in 1968, Gilmour made his mark on Floyd from day one, but non more noticeable than one echoes. The following success made Gilmour a legend with his beautiful guitar licks. Gilmour's main stage guitar is a USA '57 Vintage Reissue Strat fitted with EMG-SA pickups. He has also installed the EMG-EXG expander & SPC midrange presence controls. Apart from the electrics, the only other custom feature is a shortened tremolo arm so that he can keep it in his picking hand more comfortably while playing. But back in '1970s he Used a strat that was mostly likely from 1969 era, as the guitar didn't have the Bullet truss rod. The Fender 1969 Stratocaster that he used, has been used on all recordings up to Momentary lapse of reason when he changed to his USA '57 re-issue strat. Other guitars used live are an Esquire Telecaster in dropped D tuning for Run Like Hell, The following are the pedals Gilmour uses. Most of the pedals are unavailble now, however most can be found on eBay. Other Pedals are Specially made for Gilmour, so you may have to look for other brands that come close to that. Gilmour famously said though you can get close to his sound by using a simple range of boss pedals. Gilmour uses hi-watt amps into Marshall cabs and custom hi-watts cabs.
A - Boss CS-2 Compression/Sustainer. 
B - Pro Co. Rat II Distortion. 
C - Cornish Big Muff. 
D - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. 
E - Cornish Soft Sustain. 
F - Sovtek Big Muff II. 
G - Chandler Tube Driver #2. 
H - MXR Dynacomp Compressor. 
I - Ibanez CP-9 Compressor. 
J - Boss Metalizer. 
K - Chandler Tube Driver #1. 
L - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. HIGH
M - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. BASS
N - Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer. MID
Lick 1. This lick is simmiliar to Wish You Were Here, however its in a diffrent key:
e |-5/7-----7\5-------------------------------------|
B |-5/7-----7\5-----5/7--7\5--------5/7--7\5--------|
G |-------------------4/6--6\4---2---4/6--6\4---2-2-|
D |-------------------------------------------------|
A |-------------------------------------------------|
E |-------------------------------------------------|
Lick 2. This is a typical Gilmour lick, this can be seen from Dark Side Of The Moon straight to The Division Bell:
e |--------------5------------------|
B |-----------5----7p5--------------|
G |--7b(9)--------------7p5---------|
D |------------------------------7--|
A |---------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------|
Lick 3 It is from the Experimental Days, think atom heart mother and echoes:
e |-----------------------------------------------|
B |--14-13----------14-13-------------------------|
G |---------13--------------13--------------------|
D |------------13--------------13--11-10----------|
A |-------------------------------------------11--|
E |-----------------------------------------------|
Lick 4. This is another typical Gilmour blues lick:
e |--------------7---9p7-------------|
B |-----------7-------------9p7------|
G |--9b(11)---------------------9-7--|
D |----------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------|
Lick 5. This lick can be seen through out The Wall:
e|--------------7----------------------------|
B|-----------7-----9p7---7------7-----7/9-7--|
G|--9b(11)-------------9-7------7-----7/9-7--|
D|----------------------------9-9---9-9------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|
Lick 6. This Lick can be seen on Echoes, using a D shape chord:
e|-----14---------------16------------16/14--|
B|--------15---------------17----------------|
G|--14-------14--14/16-------16---16/14------|
D|-------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------|
Lick 7. This lick is a simmiliar to In The Flesh, and a normal blues run:
e|--------12--------12--------12------------------------------|
B|--------12--------12--------12------------------------------|
G|14b(16)---14b(16)---14b(16)----14p12------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------14p12---------------14~|
A|-------------------------------------------14-13-12---------|
E|----------------------------------------------------15-14---|
Lick 8. This is seen in In The Flesh from The Wall, the lick is also seen in Learning To Fly:
e|--------0----------0----------------------------------------|
b|----------3-----------3-------------------------------------|
g|-2b(4)-------2b(4)--------2B(4)-2-0-------------------------|
d|--------------------------------------2-0-------------------|
a|-------------------------------------------2-1-0---------2~-|
E|---------------------------------------------------3-2------|
Lick 9. Is also seen in In The Flesh, it's a typical rock lick:
e|-12~--------------------------------------|
b|-----12~--15b(17)--15b(17)r15-12-15b(17)--|
g|------------------------------------------|
d|------------------------------------------|
a|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|
Lick 10. This lick is a run up the neck, used by gilmour on High Hopes:
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-2----2/4-4----4/5-5----5/-9--9--7-|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
lick 11. This lick is in the style of Floyd from Post Waters:
e|--13p10----10-----------------------|
B|------------------13------13b15r13--|
G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|
Lick 12. This lick is taken from The Wall, it's very dark and a good emotional mood setter:
e|-----15-17-17p15-17-17b(19)---------------|
B|--17------------------------17-17-15--17--|
G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|
Lick 13. Shows how unison bend can add impact and emotion, this was take from Pigs:
e|-12---12---12----12---12-------14----14---14----14---14--|
B|-15b-15b--15b--15b-15b-----16b---16b-16b--16b--16b-------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
Lick 14. Was used in Mother from The Wall:
e|--10p9-10p9----------------------|
B|---------------10----------------|
G|--------------------9-7-6--------|
D|------------------------------7--|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|
Lick 15. This lick is take from the solo of Have A Cigar:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------12-----17P12-15P12---------------------------------|
G|-14B(16)---------------------------14B(16)-----14-----12B(14)--|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

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    sixstringz
    Cool, Good to see someone paying homage to Gilmore. In my opinion he's right up there with Page, and Hendrix. I like his style better than either.
    Rectifier002
    finally, someone just gives us the licks to use. all the scales in the world are worthless if you dont know any licks. you can tell me all day that david used this scale or that mode, but it won't mean anything to anyone whos not a college music major. now all you need is a link in the lesson taking us to a place where we can here you playing these licks. nice job.
    Jonbagga
    hes so good because he was a full music scholar, thats why his songs are so well structured
    Lemon Juice!!!
    This is good for the worthless people who just want to play a lick that everyone else is also now playing. Really all you had to do was correctly tab out the first solo to Comfortably Numb and then the second solo. The first one is Gilmour's music theory-esk one and the second one is him ripping the guitar a new one using the blues scale (or pentatonic for the idiotic guitarist.) Should have put links to recordings.
    R0ck3rd4z
    davids guitar solos are almost always built around the minor pentatonic scale, there are a few exceptions of course
    ♣LakeBodom♣
    I like the fact that someone has the balls to do a David Gilmour article however I would have like to have seen more theory behind the music (Just my opinion). Other than that, I give you a thumbs up.
    severith
    I want techniques and scales that Gilmour uses. I already know all his solos, anybody can play his songs. I'm trying to write my own solos, but i can't get them to sound anywhere near as amazing as Gilmours
    externex
    dude, it's called "the gift" you either have it or you don't and you obviously don't have it, so give it up, you're no David Gilmour, be yourself and f... off. David Gilmour was kissed by God and sent to this planet to teach us how God feels when He gets the blues.
    pimnation
    sixstringz : Cool, Good to see someone paying homage to Gilmore. In my opinion he's right up there with Page, and Hendrix. I like his style better than either.
    Touche, touche.
    irishRW
    Some nice useful licks, some files of you playin would have been useful though
    73roadrunner wrote: Gilmour owns and records at least now with a 1954 Fender Strat, and its also the first Strat ever made.... i think he used it in alot of Pink Floyd recordings also
    Uh, no. That strat you speak of has the serial number 000001 BUT! it was not the first strat ever made. You fool. Anyway, Roger Waters owns Gilmour's soul. Post-Waters Floyd is hardly worth listening to. ALL of Dave's best work was pre-breakup. ALL!!!!! Admittedly, he is a wizard with a unique style, and he's probably my favourite guitarist ever. But, I find it hard to respect someone who will play his mortal enemy's songs live to packed stadiums in order to gleam millions of pounds. There is life after Floyd though, I suggest you all get "Amused to Death" by Roger Waters. Jeff Beck plays on it and if you like Gilmour, you'll love the Beck!
    73roadrunner
    Gilmour owns and records at least now with a 1954 Fender Strat, and its also the first Strat ever made.... i think he used it in alot of Pink Floyd recordings also
    ctcushing
    Anyway, Roger Waters owns Gilmour's soul. Post-Waters Floyd is hardly worth listening to. ALL of Dave's best work was pre-breakup. ALL!!!!! Admittedly, he is a wizard with a unique style, and he's probably my favourite guitarist ever. But, I find it hard to respect someone who will play his mortal enemy's songs live to packed stadiums in order to gleam millions of pounds.
    Gilmour and Waters complimented one another. Water's dark and brooding lyrical ability and song writing skills playing against Gilmour's smooth melodical aesthetic and guitar skills. Even their voices were complementary. In my mind it's much like the Beatles. Together they were more than the sum of their parts. I agree that Pink Floyd is nothing without Roger, but Roger also milks the old Floyd tunes for all they're worth when he plays live, too. And the vast majority of the crowd sure wasn't paying $100 a ticket to hear "Amused to Death."
    Richey
    externex wrote: dude, it's called "the gift" you either have it or you don't and you obviously don't have it, so give it up, you're no David Gilmour, be yourself and f... off. David Gilmour was kissed by God and sent to this planet to teach us how God feels when He gets the blues.
    why should he f*** off? 2.1 billion ppl pray to god, 1.3 billion to allah and others to other gods. i think it's good that people see this, because they get influenced in a positive way. covering licks and songs isn't self-expression. you always express your impressions somehow... so go fu** yourself and shovel a hole for yourself because you seemingly deny to play anything that sounds like something of your role models.
    Runnerstyle
    I'm glad to see a lesson on Glimour since he is one of my most favorite guitar players. His solos are always so memorable and seem to amplify the emotions of the song. I think his ability to bend and vibrate notes is incredible. I don't think tabs show him any justice. I'm definitely more interested on the technical skills of his bending . It seems that most of the notes he plays either begin with a pre bend or finish on a bend. I?ve herd the guy bend up a 1.5 step, never loosing the intensity of the tone. If anyone has tips...I'd love to here. Peace
    josh1311
    lol glimore is pretty awesome he always sounded nice because of his high reverb and nice, not to highly overdriven distortion if u use an older ver. of a strat and a decent amp u can get the right sound and yeah hes bent up to a 1.5th in the first solo to comfortably numb
    Shread_6009
    riff 10 sounds more like a part in "welcome to the machine" should have had brain damge and maybe smoney on it. still good lesson
    metalcore16
    this is a good lesson, but i think you should of shown the whole solo of "Money", it uses most of the licks and just ****in rocks
    Funky Dory
    sixstringz wrote: Cool, Good to see someone paying homage to Gilmore. In my opinion he's right up there with Page, and Hendrix. I like his style better than either.
    Fully agree. Good lesson... a link to some examples being played would be awesome.
    NICKmetalP
    Great lesson, but it would be better if you included the keys of each lick so people can add them to scales and modes Gilmour uses more easily. I mean most people could figure out the key just from how it sounds or finding the root note, but it might be harder for beginners. Still a great lesson
    FighterPi444
    I have to say I simply thought I would read the article while waiting in a docs office..You know I got shot down flying an f 18 after being retired for 30 years on whats called a quiet mission..turns out a General nevermind long story I found the guy killing our kid pilots. I was shot with a 50 cal fragments while flying the f18...sorry I just started talking recently so i am sorry for my fragmented sentences but here is a guy sharing info for us to read..guys like dimebag what do you get from cutting the guy down..for it..I look at this way..its not your fault you are so angry someone did something to you to make you that way..what i am saying is guys drop the anger..the guy did not mean to offend or hide anything..I was married to ms. florida came back 2 days early and a sheriff was in bed with her..I ended u in jail...now that hurts after nearly being dead I am almost fully recovered lost 1.1 million bucks as she embezzled my retrirement as she had power of attorney..why am i wasting your time with this boring story..guys I saved at least 150 lives but life is gone....i need to get over a lot of anger at the guys who wanted to cut my head off when i hit the ground my ex i am still pretty so maybe I will sell my body to some rich girl on the beach...lol ease of dime you have a great life ahead of you man and the guy meant no harm i no when someone means harm and he meant none...
    alecbattle
    Rectifier002 wrote: finally, someone just gives us the licks to use. all the scales in the world are worthless if you dont know any licks. you can tell me all day that david used this scale or that mode, but it won't mean anything to anyone whos not a college music major. now all you need is a link in the lesson taking us to a place where we can here you playing these licks. nice job.
    that is true but it is the same backwards. we are not learning to be him but play like him
    DyemyShoeGreen
    pink floyd is my favorite band, and david gilmour kicks ass, so i think this would be pretty cool. i didnt acually use it yet, but i look foward to it
    Shread_6009
    and ritchie, only 10% of the world are christian, that includes non-practicing christians, so only about 600 million people pray to god. plus, an even bigger percentage, like 30 \% are godless.
    I_Dont_Know
    authoritarian wrote: If I wanted licks I could just take them out of tab anyway. Licks don't actually help you play like someone alone. Some advice on technique and style would be good. Set-up is excellent tho.
    ... yeah they do they show you the preferred timing and note transitions... scales just show what notes you can use..? doesn't show you their style
    onprcntr
    What the hell, there are some high horses that need to be abandoned up in here. I agree with Severith. I also want to know scales he uses I can play the solos too. If you can't put yourself in their mindset you won't have the feeling it just sounds like you are just copying them (badly)
    IRISH_PUNK13
    ITS ALL RIGHT BUT I THINK THAT YOU COULD HAVE ORGANIZED IT BETTER INSTEAD OF DOING THE TABS FOR A PART OF 1 SONG THAN SHOWIN A COUPLE MORE TABS THAN GOIN BACK 2 2 SHOW ANOTHER PART OF IT AGAIN
    Conca
    what are you guys on this lesson doesnt teach you to play like gilmour it teaches you gilmour licks!
    weorge
    richey your thick, allah is another name for god,get over yourself. dave gilmour is the best guitarist ever becuase of his own hard work, not because of god because unlike god gilmour actually exists. and has no one heard of wish you were here? its the best song ever.
    ZeRaTuL HeLiOs
    hippieboy444 wrote: Missino wrote: Money wasn't anywhere near the best Floyd song...If you want typical 'Beautiful' from Pink Floyd then listen to 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', 'Hey You', 'High Hopes', and the whole album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' which was their most spectacular album by far... Dude, the best song by Floyd was Echoes. Meddle is by far the best!
    Its dissapointing that neither of you mentioned Time off of Dark Side of The Moon.
    jesm1
    in your article, there little bit on wrong,....but anyway good try and david gilmour is one of my best guitarist!
    newcomer
    [b]JacksonShred09[ /b] wrote: Ummmm I think the lick from "mother" is wrong, like it's in a different key or something, because thats definatly not how I play that part of the solo when I play "mother".
    Definetely. it's a whole step too high to begin with, then it's like you just made that lick up from there. And i like Gilmour, he's great without being fast (all the time), it seems everyone's hell bent on shredding these days.
    Just001
    I enjoyed the licks man , at least someone is putting out an effort for Gilmore licks. I wish i could find more free in depth lesson on the net though, with some audio /video aid. That would be sweet. Anyways good effort man.
    authoritarian
    If I wanted licks I could just take them out of tab anyway. Licks don't actually help you play like someone alone. Some advice on technique and style would be good. Set-up is excellent tho.
    get-born
    decent lesson, it just ran over his gear and some licks, but he should add some techniques and stuff..
    Arnni
    ACtually your wrong. I Haven't ever seen that site before but ill be looking at it now because it is very good. The equiptment list i got from Mike;s gear website and The Guitar Information I got was from Various magazines. The Rest of The work is what i think displays so easy licks to help you understand how gilmour plays
    Arnni
    I write this methods ages ago, but when they decided to reform i thought it be a good idea to post it . glad some of you enjoy it
    Hypnot1st
    Ok lesson, but show more applying. And how to form one, along with using yourself as an example.
    JacksonShred09
    Ummmm I think the lick from "mother" is wrong, like it's in a different key or something, because thats definatly not how I play that part of the solo when I play "mother".
    alexcjalali
    you should really call this "david gilmour methods", just assorted licks david gilmour has played at some point on the guitar. really has nothing to do with his method, style, technique or scale usage.