Rebel Rebel by David Bowie | rhythm and solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Rebel Rebel.” by David Bowie.
We got some very sad and shocking news this week that David Bowie, one of the great singer/songwriters of our time had passed away.
He was a unique individual and a true artist. He will be missed, but his music will live forever…
I’ve been meaning to do this song for a long time but just haven’t gotten around to it. Now seems like an appropriate time…
It’s a killer lick that Bowie came up with here. I always thought that it was Mick Ronson’s contribution to the song, but in doing some digging I found out that although Bowie came up with the lick it was perfected and played on the album by Alan Parker.
Here's an excerpt form this article about that:
Alan Parker played the riff on the record, using a Les Paul standard and a Fender reverb amp with a single Wharfedale speaker.
He later said Bowie had about three-fourths of the riff down when he played it for Parker on an acoustic guitar: he told Parker to make it a bit more Rolling Stones.
Parker replayed the riff on his electric, adding some clang and bends (Bowie credited Parker with the three final notes of the riff: Ab, D and E). Its godfather was Keith Richards, who’d made a lifetime habit of compelling two-chord riffs; its target was Mick Ronson, who Bowie seemed to be trying to outdo.
I had a lot of fun making the demo for this song. I hope you enjoy the video. Cheers
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