Dennis Gruenling

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Boxed Up

Fourth Chorus Breakdown

Hi Everyone - This week, in the next section of my third position "Boxed Up" instrumental, there is a melodic theme for this chorus. This melodic idea changes for the IV chord, which is a great way to break away from a wailing type of chorus, and also build up the (or down) the dynamics in a new direction for any solo. Again, there are some technique "decorations" and articulations involved, which will add to the intensity and overall feel of the chorus…remember, it's not always just what you say, but HOW you say it that will convey what you feel.

Enjoy! - Dennis

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 Performance of Boxed Up, Third & Fourth Chorus

Loop 1:00 Breakdown of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 4:25 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 4:57 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8 (IV Chord and Back to I)

Loop 7:50 Practice Loop of Bars 1-8 

Loop 8:14 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 11:46 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 12:01 Practice Loop of Fourth Chorus (Bars 1- 12)





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scott ludlam
scott ludlam Feb 20, 2017

Your tongue trill sounds like a machine gun, Dennis! Is it human? Just knocks me out. Amazing...

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 22, 2017

Thanks Scott!! It just takes practice. I  couldn’t do it at first, but then practiced it a few minutes every day....

joe markey
joe markey Nov 24, 2014

Dennis, Thanks for all your hard work with this wonderful lesson.  Willl you be providing us with just a backing track to practice with?  Thanks.  Joe

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 24, 2014

Hi Joe --- yes, Dave and Dennis created a track.  It's the floating play button in the upper right corner of the screen just under the webcam recorder.  Enjoy.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 24, 2014

Thank you!! I love 3rd position and glad I could work on this song for all of you on SonicJunction...thanks for diggin' it Joe!

Jussi Nov 08, 2014

Hi Dennis!

Are you tonque blocking when you do that seven hole blow bend?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 08, 2014

Hi - yes I am. The 7 blow does not bend much at all, and you want to be careful not to bend too hard. Just like on hole 5 draw (which will bend, but only a little) you can really fatigue and wear out the reed by bending too forcefully on the 7 blow. 

It's just a matter of finding the correct spot on your mouth to shape the bend. A little further towards the front of your mouth.


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