Space Oddity Guitar Lesson – David Bowie

In this guitar lesson, I will show you how to play all the guitar chords to David Bowie's acoustic classic "Space Oddity".

This incredible song was released in 1969 and helped launch David Bowie to super stardom. There are just so many unique things about "Space Oddity", you will want to make sure you spend the time to thoroughly learn each chord progression in the song. You will be well rewarded in the end!

This Space Oddity guitar lesson will take you step-by-step through each chord progression as they appear in the song. I will also point out any repeats you may need to play with each progression.

You will find a couple interesting chords when learning "Space Oddity". Some of them can sound a bit dissonant when heard on their own. But, when you hear them in the context of the music, they are actually quite musical and unique sounding. It must of been nice to create music like this back in a time when bands or artists where allowed to take chances and create truly original music. There is certainly nothing formulaic about "Space Oddity".

Throughout all of the different sections, the most challenging chords you will have to play will be simple bar chords. These are just the standard major and minor bar chord shapes. If you aren't very good at bar chords yet, check out my bar chord lessons so you can learn to play them properly and with ease.

So I hope you guys have fun learning this acoustic classic from David Bowie. Not only is it one of the greatest classic rock songs, but it is a great chord workout as well. 🙂


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Space Oddity Guitar Lesson - David Bowie


  1. Giacomo Bergonzi on July 9, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Good one! It needed some Bowie:D

  2. Tom McKewan on January 22, 2016 at 1:04 am

    That A-C-D-E bar chord ascending run near the end is tough. I can barely fit fingers 3, 4, and 5 on the 9th fret, and my pinkie won’t get vertical, so it deadens the sound of the B note that you play with the bar. I’m used to playing that form of bar chord with my ring finger barring the adjacent three strings, and not playing the top note, but I would like to learn your method. Tips?

    • Carl Brown on January 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Try playing those 3 notes first, getting a good position with all the fingers including the pinky so it doesn’t mute the high E string. After that, then you make note of your thumb position on the back of the neck and try to keep that the same as you place your index across the string for the bar. The index finger and thumb are most versatile and should be adjusted around what the other 3 fingers are doing since those 3 fingers are less versatile in their range of movement. 🙂


      • Tom McKewan on February 7, 2016 at 11:45 pm

        Thank you! I look forward to trying this. Sorry about the Panthers. ?

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