Pink Floyd – Mother Guitar Lesson

This Mother guitar lesson will demonstrate how to play all of this Pink Floyd classic note-for-note.

I have split the lesson into two videos. One covers all the chords and chord progressions and the second video will demonstrate how to play David Gilmour's incredible guitar solo. 🙂

The most challenging aspect of learning "Mother" will probably be some of the odd rhythms. The chords themselves are with just one exception, simple open position chords. Within the first lesson video lesson I will demonstrate an easy way to feel the rhythm instead of having to do a bunch of counting. I am pretty sure this is how Roger Waters felt the rhythm anyway.

Within those strummed rhythm chords you will also be adding a few hammers-ons. They aren't very difficult to play except for the fact that you need to be able to time then correctly. When I demonstrate the verse I will show you the proper picking pattern and how it build up to the hammer-on so you will know exactly where to place it in the rhythm.

For guitar players though, the real star of the show is David Gilmour's instantly recognizable guitar solo. This solo lesson will break the entire guitar solo down into phrases that you can study one at a time.

I encourage you to not only learn the notes of this solo, but also to pay attention to how it is constructed. It is a fantastic example of creating a musical statement that tells a story on it's own. If you really listen to it you can hear that it has a definitive beginning, middle and ending musically. It is, simply put, a perfect musical statement from beginning to end. In fact, even if you have never heard this solo before, after listening to it a couple times I am sure you will easily be able to hum along with it. Pure genius!

Of course, we are talking about David Gilmour here. He seems to be to create memorable guitar solos in his sleep. The guitar solo in "Mother" is just another fine example of this.

Hopefully you guys can get through the videos in a relatively quick fashion. As long as you listen to the chord progressions and try to follow along with the original recording, playing them in time should come pretty quickly.

As for the solo, once again it is pretty short but sweet. Good Luck!


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Mother Guitar Lesson - Chords

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  1. GEORG P WEYAND on October 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks again, Carl for another Pink Floyd song. Will you teach us in the future songs from Genesis, my second favorite group? Songs like Horizons or Blood on the rooftops come to mind. Also, what about Jethro Tull and the smash hit Barracuda from Heart? I know, I’m asking for a lot, but you’re a great teacher.

    • Carl Brown on October 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Well Barracuda certainly sounds like a lot of fun. 🙂 As for any other songs, as long as people show interest I will teach them. 🙂


    • Mike on June 13, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Is there a tab that can be downloaded or seen with this.

  2. Axe6st on December 11, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Hi Carl,
    The new site design is awesome. Much easier to find what you’re looking for. I have a request for a lesson, now that I can find everything. Can you do a lesson on I know a little by Lynard Skynard? Another song I would love to see you do a lesson on is Angel Eyes by Jeff Healy.
    Thanks, and keep up the good work.

  3. frank paparo on January 1, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    great song, easy solo. I am struggling for tone, is the big muff pedal something u recommend? I have 3 different fenders , tele strat Jackson soloist, they get me close but im missing the tone by an inch. any recommendations would help

    • Carl Brown on January 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Hey Frank, I usually recommend an amp and effect modeler like any of the line 6 stuff or what I use which is a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II.

      Those types of modeling units, some of which are only about $500 will give you access to any sound you would ever need. 🙂


  4. frank paparo on January 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Ok thanks, i do use a line 6 spider 2 amp, 75 watts, I will start using the manual settings vs presets.

  5. Carlos Miranda on August 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    very cool!

  6. Ryan Quigley on September 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Sorry, but I am still confused on the whole strumming pattern. I can’t seem to get it right, could I have some help?

  7. Toon Mc on May 8, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Hi Carl,

    My playing must be getting better as I’m making headway with stuff like this, I spent so many years listening to music like this, and now I am playing it! many, many thanks for what you do.

    For this song, I love the version with the extended solo, 1980 “The Wall” on Youtube. Around 4 minutes in it carries the solo on. Any chance you could do a lesson on this?

    Cheers & much thanks


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