8 Best David Bowie Intros (Tab)

I’m making this a dual tribute to Bowie and Mick Ronson. Ronson was Bowie’s guitarist for his greatest string of albums between 1970 and ’74. He was the perfect foil for Bowie providing a hard-hitting rock edge to Bowie’s artsy-fartsyness.

As well as being massively underrated as a guitarist, Ronson doesn’t get his due as an arranger either. He created epic string arrangements for Bowie songs like Life on Mars and Starman but perhaps his most iconic arrangement was for Lou Reed’s Perfect Day (on which he also played piano).

Rebel Rebel

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RebelRebel

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Ziggy Stardust

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Ziggy

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Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

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AllTheYoungDudesIntro

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The Jean Genie

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TheJeanGenie


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Ashes to Ashes

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AshesToAshes

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Lazarus

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Lazarus

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The Man Who Sold the World

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ManWhoSaved

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16 Comments

  1. kaizersoza February 5th, 2016 7:37 am

    cheers Al, great stuff thank you immensely

  2. Woodshed February 5th, 2016 10:50 am

    kaizersoza: Thanks very much!

  3. Liz February 5th, 2016 1:53 pm

    I want to learn all of them! I like doing ZIggy Stardust on the uke, it gets people singing. Great post, thank you.

  4. Woodshed February 5th, 2016 6:36 pm

    Liz: Thanks! Enjoy playing them!

  5. Ukulele Villain February 13th, 2016 9:17 am

    Superb set! :D
    Do you have complete tabs for any Bowie song?

  6. Woodshed February 13th, 2016 10:36 am

    Ukulele Villain: I did do a full tab of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence if that counts! All the Bowie stuff I’ve done is here.

  7. Arne February 15th, 2016 7:23 pm

    Awesome stuff, thanks so much!

  8. Rodney February 15th, 2016 7:42 pm

    Great stuff here. I’m also very much hoping you’re going to post the tabs for I’ve got you babe. Loved your version on YouTube.

  9. J Boy Shyne February 16th, 2016 6:36 pm

    Howdy Woodshed. For the Cosmos, I tabbed out the guitar part for Ashes to Ashes to be played on re-entrant (gCEA) uke. For anyone interested, the tab can be found at
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_h5ZpyH5rfdUzd0UEp0RXVsc2c/view?usp=sharing

  10. Woodshed February 16th, 2016 10:12 pm

    Arne: Thanks!

    Rodney: I’m planning to.

    J Boy: Fantastic! Thanks very much.

  11. Joan February 23rd, 2016 5:21 am

    Thank you – so much fun and joy playing these.

  12. Woodshed February 23rd, 2016 6:56 am

    Joan: You’re very welcome!

  13. Jared November 2nd, 2016 2:40 pm

    If you play all the videos at once, it sounds almost exactly like any Uke Club when they aren’t playing a song together / are on break.

  14. Woodshed November 2nd, 2016 10:26 pm

    Jared: Hahaha!

  15. John Sturman November 13th, 2017 5:58 pm

    Hey Woodshed, I was searching everywhere for the lead intro to All The Young Dudes. Your notation and demo are everything I’ll need to wow myself and maybe even some folks who will listen with this great song. Thanks for all you do.

  16. Woodshed November 15th, 2017 12:00 pm

    John: Thanks very much! Glad to help.

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