Money Guitar Lesson – Pink Floyd

It's hard to believe that as many records as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon has sold, only "Money" reached the billboard top 20.

This is in large part do to the hypnotic 7/4 time signature guitar riff that opens the song. Although not very difficult to play, it does have sort of an odd feel to it due to it's uncommon time signature.

In the first of Money guitar lesson videos below, I will teach you that signature riff and how to count it. It is actually very simple but extremely effective.

The technical challenges are few with just some slight palm muting to help the notes pop-out a bit and give the rhythm that funky feel.

Don't forget about the slight 1/4 step bend at the very end of the riff. That bend is very much a part of the riff's sound giving it sort of a bluesy edge.

Hopefully you guys won't have much trouble with this one. It sure is an addictive riff once you get it under your fingers!

In the second video lesson, we will begin our look at David Gilmour's epic solo in "Money". There is going to be a lot of cool stuff to learn here!

This solo is basically in 3 sections. In the first guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play the first two sections note-for-note. There is some very cool a melodic bends and slides to be found throughout, so make sure your calluses are in good shape!

The second guitar solo lesson video will cover the 3rd section of the solo note-for-note. David Gilmour actually used a custom 24 fret guitar made by Bill Lewis in order to get to the high notes in this section. I will also switch to a 24 fret guitar as well in order to teach you the solo the way it was actually recorded.

These days, when performing live, David Gilmour just improvises in a lower register during the high parts in "Money" since he has a strat in his hand that doesn't have that kind of range. So if you don't have a guitar with at least 22 frets, you may want to do the same. By the way, you don't actually need all 24 frets, just 22. 🙂

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Money Guitar Lesson - Main Riff - Pink Floyd

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  1. hank on June 2, 2014 at 3:11 am

    will you be doing the full song?

    • Carl Brown on June 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Yeah of course if it gets enough likes on YouTube.. 🙂

      That way I will know that people want to see the whole song.


  2. John Kuefler on April 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    know any Uriah Heep?

  3. Karl Brown on January 9, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    Can you do “ the pros and cons of hitchhiking” by Roger waters /Clapton ?

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