Why David Gilmour called his guitar style “laughable”

David Gilmour

Finding the world’s greatest musicians is never simple unless you have the benefit of perspective. Even though it would be simple to assume that a group like The Beatles was instantly praised by everyone, many music industry insiders still believed the Fab Four were just some group of young guys who happened to hit it lucky. Disrespecting rock bands is one thing, but even David Gilmour lacked grace when discussing his contributions to Pink Floyd.

However, Gilmour never fought alongside Floyd in the trenches. Syd Barrett, the band’s lead singer, sang about the joys that could come from traveling to new places and expanding one’s mind in their early days, and his distorted guitar parts served as the ideal soundtrack to the groovy movement.

However, the band witnessed their frontman begin to lose it once Barrett started abusing drugs. On their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets, an attempt was made to add more guitar tone, so Gilmour was added as a backup guitarist. This would be Barrett’s only appearance on the album.

With Floyd under Roger Waters’s direction, the group started extremely a new trail that was entirely unrelated to their psychedelic beginnings. Even though “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun” was still based on futuristic ideas, the band didn’t realize their full potential until they released albums like Meddle. This evolution culminated in 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Gilmour would deliver one incredible solo after another on every album that followed, turning his blues music roots into something more cosmic than anyone could have imagined. Gilmour believed his methods were mediocre throughout the band’s career. Despite that, the solos to songs like “Money” and “Mother” from The Wall are brimming with emotion.

In discussing his approach to playing the guitar, Gilmour said that he was never very good at expressing himself. He added, “My technique is laughable at times.” My own unique style has emerged and it penetrates everything. For that, I don’t need to be very technical. I have refined the aspects of my approach that work for me now. I’m not going to be an exceptionally quick guitarist. As far as my style goes, I have no idea what to say. A melodic intent is present at all times.

The melodic intent is what gives Gilmour’s sound its critical component. Despite that, he may have been critical of his contributions to the band. Although most of Gilmour’s solos stick to the common blues scales that many guitarists learn at an early age, Gilmour is a master at communicating through his instrument. He creates solos that have the sound of an instrument in pain.

When David Gilmour bends his guitar, it sounds like he’s expressing all of the pain he’s ever felt. He’s putting it into the song. This is where his playing really shines. Gilmour was a master at keeping humanity at the heart of every Pink Floyd classic. Waters may have written lyrics that revealed the grim side of the music business.
















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