Music and Songwriting/The Songwriter's Grooves Project - A Guide to Singing and Playing Guitar/The Double Bass Technique Song Series/Stolen Dance

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Stolen Dance - Milky Chance - Arr. Jon Michael Swift[edit | edit source]

Introductory Lesson Link

A great recent indie-folk release, this song's chill vibe and trippy lyrics captured the hearts of a younger generation. Little did many know that there is a slick fusion of guitar techniques present in this song, and we'll be doing an arrangement of this song that integrates some new percussive techniques in an accessible and versatile pattern to get you rolling on wrist thump techniques.

History[edit | edit source]

Stolen Dance is a song by German duo Milky Chance, released in 2013 in Germany. The single has reached number one in Austria, France, Belgium (Wallonia), Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Wiki page on the song

Flagship Recordings/Performances[edit | edit source]

YouTube Video

Playing tips[edit | edit source]

The record of the song is a fusion of several relatively simple rhythmic elements which can actually be reduced to a solo guitar arrangement fairly easily. It's good to learn each of these layers separately both for musical understanding and to work your way up to more complex textures. Thumb slaps, wrist thumps, plucking and travis picking are all in the mixing, and integrating them can be challenging. It's a totally appropriate challenge for anyone looking to expand into these techniques for the first time.

Lessons[edit | edit source]

Basic[edit | edit source]

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Tab Link

Lesson Notes[edit | edit source]

Intermediate[edit | edit source]

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Lesson Notes[edit | edit source]

Advanced[edit | edit source]

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Lesson Notes[edit | edit source]

Song Stats[edit | edit source]

Notable techniques

Original Key



Key fingering

SWG Level/Sequences

Practice logs[edit | edit source]

Player Name

Previous Experience

Current Playing Level of the Song

Minutes in Practice Room

Link to Song Performance

sequence links