Dennis Gruenling

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Boxed Up

First Chorus Breakdown

Hi Everyone - This week we start working on an original 3rd Position instrumental of mine called Boxed Up. It is a shuffle with an ascending "box" pattern on guitar (featuring the great Dave Gross). It's a great place to start learning some more 3rd position harp, as I made up little melodic ideas for each section and utilize several techniques and most of the harp to do this. Remember to start getting comfortable hanging around holes 1 draw and 4 draw since these are your root notes in this position. You will also need to be a little more precise than usual with some bends, but this will open new doors for possibilities for you, especially if you are just starting out or still getting comfortable with 3rd position. Hope you dig it!!

- Dennis Gruenling

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
A Harp
3rd Position
Boxed Up
Dave Gross
Key of B
Dennis Gruenling

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of B.

Loop 0:00 First Chorus of Boxed Up

Loop 0:00 Whole Performance of Boxed Up

Loop 3:28 Introduction to 3rd Position

Loop 5:25 Breakdown of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 7:28 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 7:50 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8 (IV Chord and Back to I)

Loop 10:25 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 10:46 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 12:08 Practice Loop of First Chorus (Bars 1- 12)




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Michel Nov 08, 2014

Thanks Dennis! For a great reply.... Best regarads/Micha

Michel Nov 08, 2014

Dennis! You are the best ...... A question on 3rd position when do you know to play a song in that position ?

? Perhaps stupid question but i have to ask!! Great lesson or me.... Thanks/Micha.


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 08, 2014

Thanks Micha!! There really is no right or wrong answer as to when to choose a certain position. 

If you ask me, this is my real answer: You always want to choose the position that best suits your ability to play the certain song the best. Blues (natural blues and minor blues) can be easily played in both 2nd or 3rd position, as well as blues-type song styles (swing, rock & roll, blues shuffle, etc...) my answer is always to choose the position that you feel the most comfortable with for that particular song, or the position you want to explore the most with that type of song. 3rd can be great for any style of blues, as long as you know your way around that position to play the way you want.

I hope that helps!!

rob Nov 04, 2014

Thks Mike. That's super helpful.

rob Nov 01, 2014

Really enjoying this! It would be fun to have backing track....

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 04, 2014

Hi Rob --- Dave Gross (who's in the performance video with Dennis) made a backing track for this lesson.  You can play the backing track by clicking on the floating play button in the upper right corner of your screen (just under the webcam recorder and above the "add to practice list" button).  


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 04, 2014

Yes, as Mike stated, it is available to play along with. Have fun with it!!

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Oct 20, 2014

Very good. Thanks!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 20, 2014

Hi Jim - thank YOU! Have fun working on this....

Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Oct 17, 2014

Glad to have you here


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 20, 2014

Thanks Harry, I'm glad to be here...! Hope you dig this. 

tim james
tim james Oct 17, 2014

YEAH  MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 20, 2014

right back atcha!!

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