Dennis Gruenling

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Boxed Up

Third Chorus Breakdown

Hi Everyone - for this week's lesson, we take apart the third chorus of my third position "Boxed Up" instrumental, and talk about some techniques used in this chorus as well. As I mentioned last time, with any technique that may be new for you, just make sure you practice the technique as it's own little mini-exercise before trying to get it correct in context…this will save you some time and frustration. There's no need to pressure yourself to get all the notes AND a new technique correctly executed right off the bat! This chorus is a little simpler as far as the notes go, but pay particular attention to the drawn-out bends involved. The way you bend up and down, and the smoothness applied to a drawn out bend greatly enhances it's musical effect. On paper the notes are easy, but remember to put your feeling into the way you execute the notes here….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 0:45 Performance of Boxed Up, Third Chorus

Loop 1:25 Technique Breakdown: Distorted Notes, Octaves and Tongue Trills

Loop 5:42 Breakdown of First 4 Bars (I Chord)

Loop 7:00 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 7:26 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8 (IV Chord and Back to I)

Loop 8:30 Practice Loop of Bars 5-8 

Loop 9:01 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 11:43 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 11:56 Practice Loop of Third Chorus (Bars 1- 12)





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Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 08, 2014

Hi Dennis --- I love this chorus. Your bending and use of distorted notes is beautiful!

I'm a beginner, so still getting some of these techniques down.  Do you have any tips for how to blow bend the 7th hole while tongue blocking?  

I'm getting pretty comfortable tongue block bending the 5th and 6th holes --- but the blow bend on the 7th hole is giving me trouble.  

Thanks for the help.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 08, 2014

Hi - thanks!!

Bending on the 5 draw and 7 blow is similar, aside from the fact that 7 blow is higher pitched. Meaning that both of these notes DO bend, but only bend a little bit. The 6 draw bends more. When you bend notes that are higher pitched, it id done a little closer to the front of your mouth....and remember - it only bends a little bit. Thanks

Paul W
Paul W Nov 09, 2014

Mike, I've been working on this part as well.  I'm finding it's a tight seal on the 7, tongue forward & sort of saying "thwee or thway"  mid-tongue is pressing upward and compressing/restricing the airflow against the roof of the mouth.

Paul W
Paul W Nov 04, 2014

Great, thanks for the tip.  I think I've found the TB'd feel for this part of the chorus...tone isn't there yet but it'll improve.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 04, 2014

Sure thing Paul! As long as you continue practicing the TB'ing, the tone and ease of technique will just get better and better.

Paul W
Paul W Nov 02, 2014

Dennis, are you TB'ing the 7 blow bend? 


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 04, 2014

Yes...and please keep in mind that the 7 blow does not bend much (similar to the 5 draw) and bending this note too hard will shorten the life of the reed, as which often happens with the 5 draw. These notes only bend for inflection, not all the way to another actual note, which would be a 1/2 step change in pitch.

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