Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd | solos
An electric guitar lesson on how to play the solos to "Comfortably Numb", by Pink Floyd, played by David Gilmour from their 1979 album "The Wall."
The two guitar solos from Comfortably Numb always score near the top of the polls for the greatest solos ever recorded.
David Gilmour is such an excellent guitarist. Very expressive with really nice vibrato and great bends. His phrasing is also unique and interesting.
He plays the same position one pentatonic scale as everybody else, but he makes it sound different.
On the original recordings, both of these solos were pieced together from a bunch of different takes. If you try and isolate the guitar and listen closely, you can tell where the edits are.
They say that if you can sing a guitar solo, then you're doing something right, and this solo is very melodic and catchy. I had a lot of fun working on this.
I've never played this tune in bands before so it was great to figure out what I've been listening to for 35 years!
This is from a Guitar World interview:
“I banged out five or six solos,” Gilmour says. “From there I just followed my usual procedure, which is to listen back to each solo and make a chart, noting which bits are good.
Then, by following the chart, I create one great composite solo by whipping one fader up, then another fader, jumping from phrase to phrase until everything flows together. That’s the way we did it on ‘Comfortably Numb.”
I agree 100% with this quote:
"David Gilmour is obviously using a couple of effects, like a Big Muff and a delay, but it really is just his fingers, his vibrato, his choice of notes and how he sets his effects.
I find it extraordinary when people think they can copy his sound by duplicating his gear. In reality, no matter how well you duplicate the equipment, you will never be able to duplicate the personality.
— Phil Taylor, Pink Floyd's technician."
I hope you find the lesson useful and I hope you have fun playing these awesome solos Cheers
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