Hello Sonic Junctioneers -
Dennis Gruenling here, and this week we start breaking apart my new piece called "Trill Seeker.” As you can probably tell, this song features a variety of trills (aka “shakes” or “warbles”) used in several different melodic contexts in this raunchy blues shuffle. A trill is a an alternating of two adjacent notes, and we will be using the more common trills heard in harmonica (such as the 3-4 draw and the 4-5 draw trills), as well as some other trills. Keep in mind, any time you pick apart a new piece to study, it is always a good idea to also make sure you have a good handle on the techniques used within the piece before you tackle the whole thing. So, if your trill technique is not as clean or even as it should be, it would be a good idea to practice the trills used within each section by themselves first, before attempting the complete phrases or choruses you are working on.
Dig in, this is sure to be a trilling experience!
- Dennis Gruenling
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp in the Key of E.
Loop 0:00 Dennis and Dave Playing the First Two Choruses
Loop 0:46 Introduction to Trills and the Song
Loop 2:56 Trill Technique Breakdown
Loop 4:28 Breakdown of First Trill Riff
Loop 9:57 Slow Practice Loop of First Riff
Loop 10:28 Repeat of Trill Riff
Loop 11:22 Last 4 Bars
Loop 13:31 Slow Practice Loop of First Chorus
Loop 14:10 At Tempo Practice Loop of First Chorus
Loop 14:38 Closing Thoughts and How To Learn It