Time Guitar Lesson – Pink Floyd – David Gilmour

With today's guitar lesson series we will take a look at how to play all of "Time" by the great Pink Floyd.

Appearing on the Dark Side of the Moon album, "Time" has long been a favorite Pink Floyd track of mine.

The first video covers all of the chords or rhythms. There is a liberal amount of guitar layering going on and I do my best to demonstrate both guitar parts. However, this song can still sound great with just one guitar.

The chords and rhythms are relatively basic and shouldn't be too hard to master for most intermediate level players.

The real star of the show here is definitely David Gilmours epic guitar solo for "Time". In this Time guitar lesson I will demonstrate how to play the entire solo note-for-note. The second video lesson is where you will find the lesson teaching the solo.

Perhaps my favorite solo by one of my favorite guitarists, the solo in "Time" by Pink Floyd is one the greatest examples of using a solo to create a song within a song, something David Gilmour is masterful at doing.

It's incredible to listen to how the solo develops, never rushing to prove a point too fast but when it does it is breathtaking.

To me David Gilmour practically invented the art of the huge soaring guitar solo. I mean listen to that tone! In the early seventies to boot!!

Technically there isn't a lot of fast fretwork, but instead we have a TON of bends that require special attention to keep in tune. David Gilmour literally adds bends to his bends throughout the entire solo.

In this Time guitar solo lesson I will take you note-for-note through this masterpiece and show you how to attack each difficulty one by one.

With all of those bends the Time guitar solo is great to play a few times each day simply to keep your calluses up!

Besides the bending difficulties I hope you use this solo to inspire you to create your own musical statements during your solos. You simply can't have a better model than this one. 🙂

By the way, if you want to know how to get the same tone I am using for this lesson just click the link below.

David Gilmour Solo Tone Tutorial


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How to Play Time by Pink Floyd - Chords

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  1. Nik on May 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Nice one

  2. Ron S on May 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    THanks Carl… Great to see more Gilmore… Proving the point you don’t have to be fast to be very very good.

  3. Anonymous on May 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks Carl , I first came here and got more experience, all credit goes to you and i am grateful to you for help me to learn some and very happy too see Gilmore,

  4. erik on June 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

    hey carl can you do a bunch of videos on tone and how to get certai effects

    • Carl Brown on June 13, 2014 at 7:30 am

      I certainly can Erik. What kind of effects are trying to learn how to do?


  5. erik on July 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    like soul to squeeze , under my voodoo , and other rhcp songs or like jimi hendrix ,srv tones please

  6. GEORG P WEYAND on August 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    the tone tutorial link always brings me back to the solo lessons. Please help

    • Carl Brown on August 18, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Sorry about that, my mistake. The link should work fine now.

      Thanks for making me aware of the problem!


  7. GEORG P WEYAND on August 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    it does, thanks Carl

  8. Dany Lavoie on January 31, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Wow! What a Great lesson.

  9. Daniel Layton on May 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Carl you are the BOMB, man! Your lessons are fantastic and have been a real blessing for me. Use of the three camera angles coupled with your precise instruction have made it possible for old mediocre guys like me to try and get these licks right. Makes you appreciate just how much ahead of their time they were…pun intended..:-)) Thanks for your efforts.

    • Carl Brown on May 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

      I agree Daniel, Floyd was WAY ahead of their time.

      David Gilmour is one of my favorite guitarist, so I love doing any of his stuff. 🙂

      • Ian Gillies on October 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

        I really like Gilmour, too. I’ve learned pretty much every acoustic Pink Floyd song there is. (With a few exceptions, of course.) 🙂

  10. Ian Gillies on October 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Carl, do you think you could do another Pink Floyd song that is probably my top-favorite of all time? One of These Days. It’s got a REALLY cool slide guitar part and I would love to learn how to do it. The ending solo is awesome as well. Your lessons on YouTube have helped me a ton!

  11. Tyler Welch on March 19, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Hi Carl,
    Thank you for putting this one up! I just learned this and Money in their entirety, thanks to you! I wanted to see if you might be willing to cover the solo for “The Blue” by David Gilmour? I’ve been working on that solo this past weekend and am running into some issues finding the right notes. I know he uses a Digitech Whammy pedal and cranks it up one octave. Curious to hear your thoughts… Thanks in advance!

  12. Anthony Mayes on April 24, 2018 at 3:50 am

    What pentatonic scale is that in ??

  13. stinger8864 on February 17, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Carl,
    Thanks for this great lesson, I’ve picked the guitar after a 40 year break. When I was younger and playing the guitar I always dreamed of playing Floyd tunes,and you’ve put up some great lessions on the great David Gilmour. Just wanted to let you know some of us old guys Love what you do
    Thank you

  14. Todd Knaster on August 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    It is in F# minor. I love Carl’s lessons but I wish he would explain where the licks are coming from. For example 1st lick is in box one, 2nd lick box 2 etc. I know I like to understand where the notes are coming from and it helps me visualize it better and learn it faster.

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