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    Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    This is a tutorial for Mick's brilliant solo in Life on Mars. I am pretty sure it will be his Les Paul Custom through a Marshall. Here, I've recorded it with an 2005 R9 and a 2010 R0 in Garageband. It's a fine, bluesy piece of work.


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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Thank you for that, wonderfully demonstrated. I've always loved that little break. Such a carefully constructed few bars that lead the song back into the verse. What a talent he was.

    And yes, has to be the Custom/Marshall combination, without the Tonebender or the 'cocked-wah' pedal.

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by springhead View Post

    And yes, has to be the Custom/Marshall combination, without the Tonebender or the 'cocked-wah' pedal.
    I think you've got the elements behind Mick's awesome tone spot-on there, Springhead

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    We play a few Ronson era Bowie songs and have a gig next month. I'm building a combined Mk1 Tonebender and cocked wah pedal to try and get some of that Spiders guitar sound.

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Nicely done!
    Midnight Blues

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by springhead View Post
    We play a few Ronson era Bowie songs and have a gig next month. I'm building a combined Mk1 Tonebender and cocked wah pedal to try and get some of that Spiders guitar sound.
    Fantastic. It's an awesome tone. Enjoy your gig and I hope it goes really well

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blues View Post
    Nicely done!
    Thanks, MB. What a sad loss, such a gifted musician taken at such a young age. The music lives on.

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by 1242 View Post
    Thanks, MB. What a sad loss, such a gifted musician taken at such a young age. The music lives on.
    Yeah, Mick's one of the few guitarists I've listened to sooo much and STILL get impressed and surprised by how good he was. And not just his playing, just his person and his writing/arranging/engineering.
    This is a song from the new album, it's a deep meaningful song this one... No, it's not whiskey in the fucking jar... Philip Lynott

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    Re: Mick Ronson's guitar solo in David Bowie's Life on Mars :: lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by 1242 View Post
    Thanks, MB. What a sad loss, such a gifted musician taken at such a young age. The music lives on.
    YW 1242 and yes it’s very sad.


    R.I.P. Mick.
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