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how to play david bowie Rebel RebelRebel Rebel is one of the famous Glam Rock of the 70s and David Bowie is the had the most mainstream success in this type of Rock! This is a fairly easy song to play and have a very catchy guitar riff.

This song is about a boy who rebels against his parents by wearing makeup and tacky women’s clothes.

How to Play Rebel Rebel on Guitar

Here’s how you play the guitar riff for David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel“. Though I tried my best to explain how to play it in text, I suggest you watch the video above and see for yourself how to play the riff.

First of all, I apologize for the tablature image on this page. Although the notes are correct, the proper fingering of the left hand is not and so the numbering of the tablature is incorrect as well.

You may want to watch the video or read my illustration below.

How to play “Rebel Rebel”

The guitar chord that you need to know is D major and E major.  The D major is actually D9, that is with an open high E string.

The complete chords for the song is illustrated below:

David Bowie - Rebel Rebel Guitar Chords


You've got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl
Hey babe your hairs alright
Hey babe let's go out tonight
You like me and I like it all
We like dancing and we look divine
You love bands when they play it hard
You want more and you want it fast

A D Bm E
They put you down they say I’m wrong You tacky thing you put them on

Rebel Rebel you’ve torn you’re dress
Rebel Rebel you’re face is a mess
Rebel Rebel how could they know?

D (Hold chord) E (hold chord open D note & back to riff)
Hot tramp I love you so

The Riff
D9 E
e ———–O——–(O)——————I
B ——(3)—–3–2—O-O—–2–O——–I
G ——(2)————1-1———–1—–I
D ——-O————(2)—2———–2–I
A —————————————–I
E –(3)————————————I

A D Bm E
They put…say I’m…you tacky…you put…

End of chorus
Hot tramp! I love…


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