Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb Video Guitar Lessons

In this note-for-note video series we are going to tackle Pink Floyd's classic "Comfortably Numb".

This haunting tune has two of David Gilmour's most well known solo's in it. You can study these solo's as the blueprint for creating a gorgeous and melodic solo using pentatonic based playing.

Most of the rhythm guitar work in this tutorial is just showing you the chord progressions that the orchestra is playing since there is very little guitar played during the non-solo sections of the tune except for some scant acoustic guitar here and there and the power chord rhythm under the outro solo.

This video guitar lesson series consists of 5 videos total, the performance video and 4 note-for-note video lessons covering all the rhythm guitar parts, main solo and outro solo respectively. Good luck!! 😀

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"Comfortably Numb" - All Rhythm Guitar Parts

"Comfortably Numb" - Main Solo

"Comfortably Numb" - Outro Solo (1st Part)

"Comfortably Numb" - Outro Solo (2nd Part)

"Comfortably Numb" - Full Performance For Study


  1. Pooyan Samimi on January 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Great lesson for a magnificent song ! I learned the rhythm part and main solo so far , and now working on the Outro solo.
    You’re doing great in this site , keep going !

  2. Randy Bauer on March 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

    What brand & model amp and pedals are you using for these lessons? In particular Comfortably Numb. I am trying to get the great tone you have, but at bedroom levels.


    • Carl Brown on March 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Hey Randy, I don’t actually use any amps or pedals. I use amp/fx modelers. For the past year and a half the modeler I use is a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II.

      Before that it was a Line 6 POD HD500. I have preferred using modelers for about 6 years now both in filming my lessons and any live/recording work I do. The tone is consistently great, extremely versatile, highly portable and will sound the same at all volume levels.

      If you want great versatile tone at bedroom levels, get one of the PODs from Line 6 and you won’t be disappointed. 🙂


  3. Randy Bauer on March 1, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply. I will into the PODs. Appreciate the advice

    Randy B.

  4. Rich Cash on March 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hi Carl,
    I’ve been watching your vids for a while and they really helped me learn some Floyd. I just got done learning Coming Back to Life. Amazing Lesson.

    I was wondering if you could do Gunner’s Dream – guitar version solo.

    Something Like this…

    Anyways, I subscribed….Great job as always.

  5. owen ecroyd on March 30, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Great Song. Just starting to learn..

  6. Ian Gillies on October 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Great lesson, Carl. I’ve always wanted to learn this one.

  7. Ken Nielsen on January 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    If you do Skype for direct lessons online, I have made it a new year’s resolution to learn the David Gilmore Comfortably Numb parts this year. I already know and love the chords and the words, but the solo’s are where I would need help. I am just starting with the first solo and wanted to know what lessons or help, if available from you, would cost.

    • Carl Brown on January 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Hey Ken, unfortunately I don’t have the time to do private lessons anymore. The Premium Plus subscription would be the closest to that I can offer. Have you checked that out?

      We can work on anything you like within those lessons.


  8. Ken Nielsen on January 30, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I’m convinced Carl, I’m very slow and in 3 weeks I have most of Comfortably Numb down, but am such a hack at it, slow and not up to tempo yet. Remembering everything in order is a challenge and I don’t think there are any lessons that can help with that. I will stay with it and also try a Premium Plus Membership for 3 months because there is a savings for joining in January plus it will give me a chance to see if joining can help me. Mostly I am joining because what I have seen so far is incredibly good, solid and thorough teaching. Thanks for the response here.

    • Carl Brown on February 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Awesome Ken, I just sent you your first custom video lesson response. Hope you enjoy it. Looking forward to many more!

  9. Evan Dralle on March 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hey there, Carl. I was wondering if you would consider doing a lesson on the Live in Gdansk version of Fat Old Sun (it was during the David Gilmour On an Island tour). The solo in that version is incredible.
    Your lessons are fantastic. Thank you for all of the content you provide.

  10. james morgan on December 4, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Are there any tabs available for this? specifically the “singing” parts that you have turned into instrumental? Thank You in adavance!

    • Carl Brown on December 5, 2016 at 9:06 am

      I wish I could James, but I am not legally allowed to include TABS with copyright protected content. 🙁

  11. Kristoffer Videl on April 9, 2017 at 7:03 am

    You have awesome lessons on Pink Floyd, Mr Carl! How about doing one on High Hopes (from The Division Bell) or Have a Cigar (from Wish You Were Here)?

  12. Yehia 115 on October 3, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Hey guys,
    Can anyone find the backing track to it?
    Been looking for it everywhere

  13. David on December 19, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Love Guitar365 Lessons …… how ….. I would find it helpful to understand the key the solo is being played in ( yes Carl mentioned D maj ) and the position of the scale along with the notes. Looks to me that the first part of the solo is D maj ( not pentatonic ) Position 2.

    • Carl Brown on December 24, 2022 at 8:32 am

      First solo starts in D major then modulates to G major (Sounds a bit C Lydian over the C chord which is G major anyway)…

      The outro solo is all in the relative minor key of B minor. 🙂

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