Paul W

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Lightnin' Performance Jan 05, 2019

A nice Friday treat!  Thanks Rick

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Jan 07, 2019

Thanks Paul, I hope you enjoy the series.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Intro & Performance Jun 01, 2018

Well done Ivan, excellent tone.  

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Mr. Lee's Mambo Groove and Simple Chord Pattern Sep 12, 2016

Rick, I'm enjoying this one.  I like the contrasts in this lesson...nice and upbeat contrasting with the blues notes & some shock & awe!  

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Oct 10, 2016

Hey! Thanks Paul! Sorry I didn't reply sooner. I just saw this. Keep me updated on your progress and feel free to ask for clarification anytime.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Buffle Off to Shuffalo Intro and Performance Jul 02, 2016

Dennis, you've been one busy dude!  Thanks for the lesson!

 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jul 08, 2016

Yes, haha, on the road as we speak. I have met a few of you on the road and so glad to see you when I'm on tour. Thanks for coming up and introducing yourselves when you come see me. Always keeping busy with something...!

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Blue Strollin' Third Chorus Breakdown May 21, 2016

Funny how something so simple (Third chorus) is not at all intuitive. however it is coming along slowly...It's enhancing my appreciation/respect for those first 3 holes.  Sweet tone when it comes out right.

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 24, 2016

For sure! Like I told Bill, if you put in the time there, there's a whole world of sounds, ideas and riffs available in just those first three holes. 

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Blue Strollin' Performance Apr 29, 2016

It's Friday evening, I just walked in the door from work, saw the email & you two gentlemen just put a big smile on my face!  Really enjoyed it, thank you...& looking forward to the lesson...how many takes did it take?

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin May 03, 2016

I can't remember exactly - I think there were a couple aborted takes before this one.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Sixth Chorus Breakdown Jul 27, 2015

You're rockin' it, well done Gareth!

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Horton Shuffle Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Chorus Breakdown Apr 04, 2015

Great lesson Dennis, Thank You!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 05, 2015

Thanks! Glad you dug it....I'll be back!

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Horton Shuffle Performance & Introduction Feb 21, 2015

Dennis, great to have you back!  You've got a lot of BWH all packed in there...made me dig out my "Offer You Can't Refuse" disc.  Should be fun to work on.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Mar 08, 2015

Thanks Paul! Yea, those recordings of Big Walter (with Robert Nighthawk) on that record certainly inspired this tribute to him. That is some of his best playing on there, although the recording quality isn't great.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Sonnyboy's Groove Performance Dec 12, 2014

Welcome back Rick.  Sonic Junction is like a tour-de-force of Blues Harp teaching talent between you Dennis & Jerry...Can I quit my day job and just play harp?!   

Rick Estrin
Rick Estrin Dec 18, 2014

With the price of harps, probably not - Food, clothing and shelter are kinda essential too. Hopefully you're having fun playing and it relieves some of the drudgery of the day job.

 

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up 7th and 8th Chorus Breakdown Dec 03, 2014

Dennis,  Thanks for the groovy lesson!...it's making me learn.  I'm hoping to make it down to see you & Steve Guyger at The Record Collector/Bordentown NJ on the 19th.  

 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 09, 2014

Thanks so much!! If you can make it out, be sure to come up & introduce yourself!! 

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Careless Love Backing Track Nov 25, 2014

Well done Mike, you sound great!  

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Intro & Performance Nov 23, 2014

I believe Dennis said It's a box shuffle, hence the name of the song.  Ascending, vs a descending box shuffle.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Third Chorus Breakdown 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 commented on: Boxed Up Third Chorus Breakdown 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 commented on: Boxed Up Third Chorus Breakdown Nov 02, 2014

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

Thx

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.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Intro & Performance Oct 18, 2014

On the 4-5-scoop6 I find I have to really press my toungue down & get a tight seal to grap that scoop since I'm fairly relaxed moving over the 4 & 5...seems like one tricky part. 

I also don't don't seem to be able to do the left/rt tongue thing (not without it sounding like a slot machine)...Shake or tremolo are fine

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 18, 2014

Hi Paul - with each of those things (the 6 draw scoop/bend, and the tongue trill), just treat those as totally seperate things to work on and practice individually. Those are each techniques, that once you have down, you will be able to use at will. I always tell my students work on one technique at any given time, and when you get it down, then you can work on utilizing it in context and work on another technique you may not be comfortable with yet. 

The 6 draw scoop is a bend, so I would work on bending the 6 draw more first. Practice it until you can get it smooth and comfortably. Any kind of "technique practice" like this should be done in short doses, but multiple times a day if possible. It's just a matter of muscle/brain memory. Then tackle the tongue trill. Also keep in mind you can always utilize a shake/trill, vibrato, tongue trill, etc, pretty much interchangeably. Though they are all different, they all mainly add texture and variation to the primary note you want to play. 

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Boxed Up Intro & Performance Oct 13, 2014

Dennis, great to see you up on SJ!  looking forward to the breakdown...

Paul

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 15, 2014

Hi Paul - thank you! I'm very glad to be here, and I think this is a great format for learning tunes.

Paul W
Paul W commented on: How Long Solo, First Chorus Sep 20, 2014

I just got a chance to start looking at this lesson & I was trying to figure out what you were using in the performance...question answered LOL....a Charmin' touch

Paul W
Paul W commented on: Hoochie Coochie Man Opening Riff Jul 19, 2014

Jerry, thanks for this lesson and welcome back (and for bringing Rick into the fold...great stuff)! 

I'm thrilled you're teaching off of From the Cradle.  It was this CD that initially attracted me to Blues and wanting to learn harmonica back in '96.  Unfortunately it wasn't until 4 yrs ago that I actually picked up a harmonica, but better late than never.  In any case, 18 yrs later it's stil one of my favorites albums & how cool is that I/we can be learning from you on Sonic Junction!    Blues Leave Me Alone & Goin' Away Baby & variations on How Long Blues would all would make great lessons too...

Best,

pw

 
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