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David Bowie

David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer.

Bowie’s most well-known albums include Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and Heroes.

His biggest hits include (Is There) Life On Mars?, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, China Girl and Heroes.

Also active on the silver screen, David Bowie acted in Labyrinth, Zoolander, The Prestige and Basquiat where he played Andy Warhol brilliantly well.


Starman – One of many hits from the legendary Ziggy Stardust Album!

Starman is a single from David Bowie’s legendary album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

Initially, Bowie didn’t want the song on the album. He had wanted a cover by Chuck Berry to be included instead but his A&R man insisted that Starman was a hit.

When it reached number #10 in the charts, helping to push the album to #5, it was clear that his A&R man was right.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was a concept album. It dealt with all things a rock star can come across, from excessive drug intake to fans ultimately destroying their star.

Inspiration has been cited from various artists but it is perhaps Jimi Hendrix who was the clearest influence on the fictional Ziggy.

The first session of the album started only weeks after Hunky Dory ended, making it two legendary releases in a row.

The two albums made David Bowie one of the biggest rock stars of the early 70s.

Both the album and the songs from it have been included on many greatest ever lists since its release, always ending up in the top 50.

David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, and audio engineer.

His biggest hits include (Is There) Life On Mars?, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, China Girl and Heroes.


Guitar Lessons


Starman – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this first step, we look at the intro with its unique Bbadd#11 chord and the much more common Fmaj7.

Following this, we also work on the verse which has an unusual order of common chords from the key of F. TAB loops are available for everything.

Go to Starman step 1.


Starman – Step 2

Let’s learn the chorus and chorus tag in this step. Plenty of repetitive rhythms, clever chord progressions that don’t just come from the key are found here.

Practice along to the loops and you will soon be able to play the complete song, exactly like I do.

Go to Starman step 2.


Starman – Step 3

In this step, you’ll play the complete song from beginning to end along with me and a singer.

Do this on repeat and you’ll be able to play the song yourself. A simple chart is provided, use it as a guide.

Go to Starman step 3.


Starman – Step 4

Let’s not just learn Starman, let’s learn from it!

In this step, we play all chords form the song using only string 1-3. This will do wonders for your mapping of the fret board.

Go to Starman step 4.


Starman – Step 5

In this step, we continue our fret board mapping by playing on new strings.

Still, you simply play along with me and the singer, looking for the closest chord shape possible.

Go to Starman step 5.


Starman – Step 6

Learn the melody and you’ll learn the reason why this is a hit.

What intervals does the melody focus on? Only one way to find out – by playing it!

Go to Starman step 6.


Starman – Step 7

Let’s learn the fret board as we learn the melody from Starman in two more positions.

First, we play in a D shape, along with me and, especially, the singer. This is followed by doing it in a C shape as well.

Go to Starman step 7.


Starman – Step 8

In this final step, we play the melody in an A shape.

Lastly, you play the melody in all shapes, partly from memory, mainly by seeing the intervals in relation to the chords.

Go to Starman step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

There are some very unique chords played in Starman, the Bbadd#11 being what stands out the most.

Starman is in the key of F and there are more little odd movements than the Bbadd#11 to discover. For example, the open position Gm chord.

Go to Starman chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

StarmanDidn’t know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin’ down some rock ‘n’ roll, ‘lotta soul he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade

Go to Starman lyrics.


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