Grant Page

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 2nd Chorus Breakdown Nov 21, 2017

it’s right around 3 minutes 30 seconds into the video

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Sloppin' and Slidin' Performance Nov 18, 2017

Sounds good, yeah I completely forgot that there is a vocal on that 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Sloppin' and Slidin' Performance Nov 18, 2017

Yes sir

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Sloppin' and Slidin' Performance Nov 18, 2017

Also I know it’s off topic here, but would love to see a lesson series on Fattnin’ Frogs For Snakes

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 18, 2017

Do you mean break down what Sonnyboy does on the Chess, 45 version? 

Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 18, 2017

Yes sir

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 18, 2017

I think SJ wants me to stick to instrumental pieces, but maybe I could construct a Rice Miller style, shuffle instrumental, and draw from “snakes” and utilize other SB2 type, devices.

Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 18, 2017

Sounds good, yeah I completely forgot that there is a vocal on that 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Sloppin' and Slidin' Performance Nov 18, 2017

Thanks Rick

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Sloppin' and Slidin' Performance Nov 17, 2017

Hi Rick, your acoustic tone is amazing, any tips for a achieving that big tone?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Nov 18, 2017

Thanks, Grant - I’d say first, make sure you’re able to produce a clear, clean focused sound on a single hole - try to eliminate air leakage. Next, become a curious, constructive critic - listen to yourself and experiment by making tiny adjustments to your embouchure, to the position of your jaw, to the compression of your throat and facial muscles, experiment with diaphragm breathing vs shallow breathing, all those things and more will help you to find and develop different tones. So, be patient with yourself. Putting in the time to experiment with small adjustments and just spending time with that harp in your mouth, is the way you’ll discover how to make different sounds and tones and take ownership of them.   

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 2nd Chorus Breakdown Nov 15, 2017

hey Dennis, on the little rythmic thing, I can't tell if you are playing the 12 draw chord or doing a tounge vamp

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 21, 2017

on which rhythmic thing?

Doing a tongue-vamp means I'm lifting my tongue and getting the 1-2 draw chord anyway...I am playing the 2 draw, and in between getting the 1-2 draw chord while vamping (taking tongue off the harp)...does this clear this up? Thanks!

Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 21, 2017

it’s right around 3 minutes 30 seconds into the video

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Nov 09, 2017

Cool thanks 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Nov 09, 2017

Hey Dennis, listening back  closely to the first lick in the performance , are you picking up some of the 2 draw with that half step bend on the 3 draw or is it a function of the mic and amp? Also on the rhythmic tounging on the 2 draw my tone is very thin, any tips on making it bigger? I don’t seem to have that problem except on that one part.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 09, 2017

That first run up the scale, when I hit the 3 draw half-step, it is slightly distorted. Meaning, I bleed in just a hair of the next higher adjacent hole (hole 4 draw) to get that "dirty" sound. A distorted note is usually just that...a bleeding in of a touch of the next higher adjacent note. Thanks for bringing to my attention. Obviously you can add this or not, but for that "dirty" sound on that note, that is how it is done.

Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 09, 2017

Cool thanks 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Masterclass Lip Pursing "Ta Doo" Oct 30, 2017

Thanks Jerry, that’s what  I thought 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Masterclass Lip Pursing "Ta Doo" Oct 30, 2017

Hi again Jerry, on the lick that starts at around 13 seconds in, after you hit the 2-5 draw, are you going to the 3-6 or 6-9 blow octave?

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Oct 30, 2017

3/6 blow

Grant Page
Grant Page Oct 30, 2017

Thanks Jerry, that’s what  I thought 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Masterclass Lip Pursing "Ta Doo" Oct 25, 2017

Hi Jerry, on these examples, when you are playing the chords, are they always the same through the changes? My ears and brain aren’t cooperating with me tonight LoL

Jerry Portnoy
Jerry Portnoy Oct 25, 2017

Yes

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Oct 03, 2017

Thanks Dennis

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 29, 2017

HI again Dennis, could you offer some tips for hitting that whole step bend on the 2 draw right on, everytime I get to it i seem to be sliding down from just above the pitch and doesn't sound right.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 03, 2017

Best thing would be to spend some time just practicing to hold that whole step bent note...get your muscles built up a bit more so that you can hit it on command.

Grant Page
Grant Page Oct 03, 2017

Thanks Dennis

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 26, 2017

Thanks again for answering my many questions. I’m really loving your lessons on here, I think I’ve finally found the the website And lessons that will begin to get me where I want to be as a harp player 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Sep 26, 2017

Glad you are digging the lessons...many more things planned for Sonic Junction, and they already have tons of great stuff!!

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 26, 2017

At  the end of both of the first 2 licks when you go back to the 2 draw is there any tounge slap there? I could swear I hear something besides the striaght single note.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Sep 26, 2017

The second time around it seems that there is a very slight 'slap" effect, but it's not essential to the piece or necessary...it was more of an after-thought that snuck in subconsciously when I played it

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 19, 2017

Hi Dennis, This my be out of the scope of the format of this site,but I would love to see a lesson series on improvising

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Sep 26, 2017

It's a great idea and would love to talk about that...thanks!

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 18, 2017

Hi again Dennis, i'm noticing when I am trying to play first chorus at tempo, I alwasy seem to hit the bend on the  4 draw a little flat, any tips to fix this?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Sep 26, 2017

Spend a little practice time going between bent and (completely) unbent 4 draw notes...first slowly, then quicker. Make sure you can control the muscle movement needed. It's not difficult, but the tricky part is that it's a very small controlled movement between the two and us players usually play and breathe too hard (even when we think we aren't) which adds to the drop in pitch also. Try that out! Thanks for asking, great question!!

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 05, 2017

Thanks Dennis, yeah I had it backwards 

Grant Page
Grant Page commented on: Scaled Down 1st Chorus Breakdown Sep 05, 2017

Thanks Dennis, yeah I had it backwards 

 
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