Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Guitar Lesson

In this Shine On You Crazy Diamond guitar lesson video series, I will show you note-for-note how to play parts 1-5 of this Pink floyd classic.

Parts 1-5 open the Wish You Were Here album and for most of the later Pink floyd tours, it is this portion of the song that is usually played live to open the shows. For that reason I will just focus on part the more well known parts 1-5.

At over 13 minutes long this will be quite the epic lesson series. In fact, I have broken this lesson series up into 4 separate video lessons to make everything a bit easier to learn. I will note though, that the video lessons are numbered parts 1, 2, 3 and 4, but they don't have anything in common with those specific sections of the song. The video lessons are simply divided into what I thought was a good stopping point for each video in order to make them more easy to follow.

The guitar solos throughout this marathon track are some of David Gilmour's finest work and I hope you enjoy learning these beautiful solos note-for-note.

In the first video lesson, I will show you the opening guitar solo which is absolutely gorgeous over the synthesizer pad. This solo contains a lot of pre-bends that David Gilmour masterfully keeps in tune. It is quite the challenge no matter what level player you are, especially if you add vibrato to the bends. After that comes the main riff of the song that builds up to the full band entering.

In the second video lesson, I will cover David Gilmour's second solo note-for-note. Just like the opening solo, David Gilmour creates a melodic solo using techniques that seem easy but are very difficult to master. After the solo section, I will then show you the guitar parts being played under the synth solo.

The third video lesson will be dedicated exclusively to David Gimour's third guitar solo. This solo has a little bit more gain to it since the dynamics of the song have been slowly building up to this point. Because of that, this solo sounds a little bit more aggressive than the first two.

The last video will finally cover the verse sections, the interlude and the cool arpeggio patterns that occur underneath the sax solo before everything fades out.

There are countless cool guitar technique in this Shine On You Crazy Diamond guitar lesson series, so I hope you guys enjoy tackling all of them with me! 🙂


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Pink Floyd- Shine On You Crazy Diamond Guitar Lesson Pt.1

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  1. Frank Montalti on June 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Great song; great lesson. Cant wait for parts 2,3 and 4

  2. Alex Richards on June 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Carl you made my day by making videos for this song

  3. GEORG on June 27, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you so very much for teaching this lesson!!!

  4. Bryan Samuelson on February 13, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I’m 2/3 of the way through this. This song is like a jigsaw puzzle. Best teacher on the internet. I’m not stopping!

  5. Justin Martel on March 19, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve been working on this song for 1.5 months. The last part remains to be learned. Amazing song! Without your work Carl, I could never have learned it. THANKS! You should promote your song lesson lists. You have done an amazing job here and it should be showcased.

  6. rich sele on April 13, 2024 at 12:06 pm

    Carl, this is a fantastic lesson. Thank you!

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