David Bowie is the creator of dozens of great songs over the last four decades. Here we offer a set of five of his early songs that are particularly guitar friendly.
Space Oddity is the song that brought David Bowie into our musical consciousness. It was released in 1969, coinciding with the American moon mission and captured the attention of the airwaves around the world. This lesson includes an ear-training component if you listen to the Preview segment without looking at it. The rest covers the numerous chords and some variations on strumming patterns.
The Man Who Sold The World is from David Bowie’s 1970 album of the same name that attracted a new audience when Nirvana performed it in 1993 as part of their MTV Unplugged concert. Typical of Bowie, the song includes unusual chord changes with a few catchy melodic lines thrown in. This lesson goes over a basic rhythm guitar version, but also incorporates some of the important lead lines.
Ziggy Stardust is a strumming song from David Bowie’s 1972 album The Risa And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust. This lesson is presented in our ‘Work It Out’ style, giving the student an opportunity to improve their ear-training. To get the most out of this lesson be sure to watch the first segment before looking at the attachments.
Starman was David Bowie’s second song to become a hit, three years after his 1969 release Space Oddity. It was part of his 1972 album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. The song features a lot of barre chords with some quick changes, as well as a short Interlude using power chords. This lesson also touches a bit on the short lead played through the Interlude.
Suffragette City is from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album (1972) and probably falls into our ‘Caveman Rock’ category on some levels, although there are many nuances and complications that are featured in this lesson. We talk about power chords and a basic version but also explore rhythmic syncopations and double-time strumming. Getting everything up to speed can be quite challenging.