Dennis Gruenling

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Boxed Up

Second Chorus Breakdown

Hi Everyone - This week we dive into the second chorus of my third position tune "Boxed Up". One thing I want to mention is whenever you break down a song to learn, the three main parts are the notes used, the phrasing, and the techniques used. I use several different techniques in this song (trills, octaves, tongue trills, etc) and if/when you come across a technique that is new for you, you don't want to worry about getting it right away. Make any new technique an exercise unto itself, and before you know it (with regular practice) you will be ready to use it in context. Remember not to be hard on yourself while learning new techniques and to have fun with the new song! - Dennis

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

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Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of B.

Loop 0:18 Performance of Boxed Up, Second Chorus

Loop 1:04 Breakdown of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 2:41 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 2:52 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8 (IV Chord and Back to I)

Loop 4:45 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 6:55 Practice Loop of Second Chorus (Bars 1- 12)

Loop 7:28 Hand Technique for a Good Tremelo





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joe markey
joe markey Oct 25, 2014

Dennis, Thanks for a great lesson. Question:  Is there a musical term to describe the guitar work here (which is excellent)  so I can more easily explain it to ask my guitarist?  

Thanks.  Joe in White Plains, NY




Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 28, 2014

Hi Joe, this is referred to usually as an ascending "box" pattern (hence the title ofthe  tune). Some will refer to it is a Box Shuffle (going up). Thanks!

tim james
tim james Oct 28, 2014

cheers Dennis!!!!


tim james
tim james Oct 24, 2014

when ya say 'scoop'  do ya mean bend a bit?  cheers mate

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 28, 2014

Hi! A "scoop" is when you hit the note started as bent, and "scoop" up the pitch (bend it up). Usually it is subtle and fairly quickly done. Thanks!

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