David Bowie – China Girl | acoustic guitar lesson

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These videos are designed for guitar beginners or those with only limited guitar knowledge. They use simple chord shapes as much as possible and do not necessarily represent the way in which the original song was originally played. They are designed as practice tools to supplement your other learning methods. Information is provided on screen for both right and left-handed players!

China Girl doesn’t feature much in the way of rhythm guitar, but synth-heavy songs are often fun to transfer over to acoustic. Think of this as a busking-style arrangement.

The song is fairly simple from a chord point of view, but does feature both B major and F major barre chords. A great opportunity to practice them! The good news is that all chords changes are very spaced out, so if you ignore any strumming patterns and just play each chord once then you have plenty of time to get ready for each chord as it comes up.
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  1. Nice job but Nile Rodgers doesn't really play cowboy chords. The intro is double stops and verses, bridge & chorus are all barre chords. The F & G in the bridge are at the 10th & 8th positions, respectively. But you played it well. Just needs to be a little more funky!

  2. Great job mate. As others have said, this is how it should be presented (lefty here too)

  3. Livingroom Busker

    this helped hugely, thanks a lot from a fellow Leftie

  4. This is how a lesson should be presented. thanks!

  5. Awesome lesson!

  6. GRACIAS!!!

  7. Super 🙂 Dzięki

  8. THANK YOU!!

  9. Génial je viens de vivre un grand moment avec ma guitare  grasse à toi ! Merci.

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