ExamplE BOWIE ACOUSTIC STYLE
[Bar 1] As with many players of this era Bowie was a ‘thumb over the top player’ and that allowed him to play that open position Fmaj7 chord that dogs so many guitarists. Use the fretting hand thumb to hook over the top of the neck and fret at the 1st fret of the sixth string. Use the third finger for the fifth string, the fourth finger for the fourth string, the second finger for the third string and the first finger for the second string.
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