Life on Mars?

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When distilled to a single guitar, you can really see the otherworldly musicality of David Bowie. He was only 24 when Life On Mars? was released in 1971. This arrangement is based on Trent Reznor’s variation from HBO’s Watchmen.

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Gear used

My guitar for this piece is a Cordoba GK Studio. It’s beautiful sounding and easy playing classical with very low string action. I use Savarez Red Card 520R strings.

My mic and camera setup is pretty simple: I use a Zoom Q8 with a SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun mid-side microphone. I use Acoustica for mixing and Auphonic for mastering.

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How to play Life on Mars? | fingerstyle guitar

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The guitar tab for Life On Mars? is beautifully written across two pages. You’ll play the tab straight through and repeat the chorus three times as indicated. 

I definitely recommend this for intermediate guitar players and up. Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below:

Watchmen (HBO): Life on Mars? | fingerstyle guitar

Life on Mars? is played in standard tuning with a capo on the 3rd fret.

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