High Hopes Guitar Lesson – Pink Floyd

In this High Hopes guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of this great Pink Floyd track from their The Division Bell album in it's entirety.

The tuning is standard tuning.

We have a lot to cover in this one. First, I have arranged the opening piano and church bell parts for guitar. It is relatively simple thing to play on the guitar as long as you move it down an octave into a comfortable range. The piano part in the verse is verse similar with just a slight alteration.

For the pre-chorus and chorus sections, I will be doing an arrangement of the complete harmony you are hearing being played by the strings and other instruments instead of trying to just copy the guitar fills.

Then we have the really cool nylon string guitar solo. I will show you how to play that note-for-note.

Then when have David Gilmour's epic lap steel solo that closes out the song. Instead of trying to recreate this lap steel part with a slide guitar part, I will instead play it fingered as a non slide guitar solo since I think most people would choose to play it that way. If you prefer to play slide, simply play the same notes I teach, but with a slide. For the section of the solo that goes way out of the range of a normal guitar, I have used a Digitech Whammy Pedal effect model in my Line 6 Helix to raise the notes I am playing up one octave.

That last solo is pretty epic and runs around two minutes long. It contains some really beautiful melodies. I hope you enjoy the challenge. 🙂

Have fun everyone!


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High Hopes Guitar Lesson - Pink Floyd


  1. Chris Lehmann on December 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Carl! This is my all time favorite song in the world. Thank you so much for this video. Gilmour’s outro solo will always give me goosebumps bumps when I hear it. Now I get a chance to learn it after all these years.


  2. Noah Graham on February 6, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Hey Carl quick request could you do “Fat Old Sun“? Pink Floyd is my all time favorite band, and I’d love to see more of them!

    Thanks for all the free, and most epic lessons!

  3. Josh Pevehouse on March 12, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Just want to say how appreciated you are Carl! You’re a gift to the world of guitar.

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