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David Gilmour Guitar Technique in 5 Minutes


I like to think of David Gilmour as a blues player that writes prog music! His guitar playing certainly combines typical blues licks, tone and feel… alongside arpeggios, scales and in depth chord progressions. So when it comes to working out one or two things you can work on to get his very unique tone, I would say that 2 things come to mind.

Firstly, bends! If you have never bent the strings more than a tone (a full bend) then you need to start tackling 1.5 and 2 tone bends to really mimic Gilmours sound. The lick below will certainly get you started with that!

Secondly, it is worth knowing your major and minor arpeggios as Gilmour uses them a lot in his playing. The TAB below will get you started with a few 3 string minor arpeggio shapes.

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Dan Holton

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If you would like to really take your guitar playing to the next level than please check out Dan’s online guitar lessons with his online company Guitar Lesson Central, or alternatively, for live Skype guitar lessons or one to one sessions check out his guitar lessons brighton website, Brighton Guitar Academy.

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