David Bowie Space Odd­ity

Bowie’s first big hit is se­ri­ously cool and a song that you need in your reper­toire

Total Guitar - - LEARN TO PLAY -

The song that ‘launched’ Bowie’s su­per­star ca­reer was first re­leased in Fe­bru­ary 1969, just 10 days be­fore NASA put a man on the moon. After an al­most im­me­di­ate T GR 298. song book. fig 01. musx split with his first record com­pany, Bowie File re-record­edDate: 18:59 the 13/09/2017song with a host of top-flight ses­sion mu­si­cians Page 1 of 1 (in­clud­ing Rick Wake­man, later of Yes) Notes: and it was re-re­leased in July the same year. In­ter­est­ingly, BBC air­play was de­layed un­til the Apollo 11 crew had re­turned safely to Earth.

Al­though this track is drenched in the ef­fects of its day, it also sounds great on just acous­tic gui­tar. There are quite a few chords to learn but most of th­ese are easy open chords. The two gui­tar so­los should present no prob­lems, apart from the nippy lick in Ex­am­ple 4, bar 2. If you find this a lit­tle too de­mand­ing, sim­ply re­peat the lick from bar 2 of Ex­am­ple 3.

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