This is the full fingerstyle guitar lesson for Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen.
Dancing In The Dark was released in 1984 and can be found on Springsteen's hugely successful album 'Born in the U.S.A'.
This is a fairly tricky arrangement to play as it uses a lot of strumming whilst simultaneously playing the melody. If you're not used to doing this you may find it challenging but it's certainly worth putting the time in as it's an unbelievably useful technique to master
Alright, let's start learning how to play Dancing In The Dark.
- Key - B major
- Capo - 2nd fret
- Tuning - standard
- Tempo - 144 bpm
- Difficulty - high intermediate - advanced
Dancing In The Dark (Performance)
As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of Dancing In The Dark, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.
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The Intro/Verse Guitar Lesson for Dancing In The Dark
First off we'll learn the classic synth riff that's used in the song. This section is played over just a static A chord. Once you've got the intro learnt, dive into the verse. This is similar to the intro but with a few extra chords and alterations to the melody.
Intro lessons starts 0:54/ verse lessons starts 6:04.
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How to Play the Chorus of Dancing In The Dark
Into the chorus now and some more chords are introduced but thankfully the techniques used haven't changed.
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How to Play the Bridge
There's just the bridge to learn now and if you've gotten this far then you shouldn't struggle too much with this section.
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