David Gilmour is considered one of the great electric guitarists of the classic rock era, but he started his musical journey with very little in the way of instruction.
“My only actual guitar instruction was with Pete Seeger’s guitar tutor record,” Gilmour says. “It was an LP with a big book, and it had all the chords that you might need.”
Gilmour’s connection to the late Seeger, a leading light of the American folk movement in the Fifties and Sixties, is among the unusual, interesting and intimate revelations the guitarist offers in David Gilmour: Wider Horizons, a new BBC Two documentary about the former Pink Floyd member.
Though the documentary doesn’t air until this Saturday, November 14, you can watch two revealing excerpts from it below. In the first, he talks about his guitar-playing beginnings.
In the second he talks about songwriting and lyrics, with a focus on his song “Faces of Stone,” from his new album, Rattle That Lock. The song was inspired by a walk in a park with his mother, who was suffering from dementia. (You can view the video for it at bottom.) Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, writes the lyrics for their songs, but this is one instance in which Gilmour was himself moved to pen the words to a song.
“Every once in a while, an idea will force its way to the surface of my mind that I will try to write a lyric or song about,” he says. “But I’ve got no way of predicting where that’s going to go in the future.”