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Link to the SOS article on the writing and recording of “Heroes.” – http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct04/articles/classictracks.htm
Link to the Wikipedia page on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22Heroes%22_(David_Bowie_song)#
An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Heroes.” by David Bowie.
This is my favorite David Bowie song, and possibly the most loved tune he’s ever recorded. The song was an instrumental for a long time with the singing and lyrics added later on. The musicians on this one came up with some amazing parts. Carlos Alomar’s rhythm guitar parts are excellent, and Robert Fripp’s haunting guitar/synth part is incredible.
For the demo I faked the keyboard parts on guitar and just used a lot of gain, delay and reverb on the lead guitar parts. There is a lot of stuff happening on the original recording, it really is an incredible record. Read the SOS article for all of the details.
I had a lot of fun making the demo for this song. I hope you enjoy the video.
I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:
My amp is an Egnater Renegade head. I am using a Two Notes Torpedo Live. It’s a load box and a speaker emulator so I’m not running the Marshall 1960b speaker cabinet anymore. It enables you to crank up your tube amp but use headphones, or just listen at low volume through your monitors, so I can be rocking out and getting a great sound without bothering people around me. So far I like it!
I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. I also have a BB preamp which I essentially never use anymore, and sometimes (rarely) a Boss CS-3 compressor. The reverb is from the amp. My wah is a Dunlop MC404 CAE Dual Inductor, REALLY great pedal! I also use a Polytune tuner which is fantastic.
I use Elixir strings nanoweb 10-46. These are the best strings I’ve ever used. They last 5 times longer than uncoated strings and always sound great.
My guitar is a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I have Suhr Aldrich pickups on it. I have them coil split, but for this video they were in full humbucker mode.
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