Dennis Gruenling

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Horton Shuffle

Performance & Introduction

Hi Everyone -

Welcome back to my second series here on Sonic Junction. This one really has me excited, since we are taking a look not only into some seriously important blues harmonica techniques, but it is also a stylistic study of one of the greatest blues harmonica players ever - Big Walter Horton! This tune features many of Big Walter’s trademark sounds, textures and attacks, and we will dissect some of the coolest and most important blues harmonica techniques out there, including tongue-blocked shuffle rhythm playing, tone-shaping, blow bends, and a dramatically distorted 3 draw.

I know you’re gonna dig this one.. Enjoy!

- Dennis



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Big Walter Horton
Dennis Gruenling
Dave Gross
Horton Shuffle

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E

Loop 0:00 Introduction to Horton's Shuffle

Loop 1:51 Whole Song (All 10 Choruses)

Loop 1:51 Intro and First Chorus

Loop 2:19 Second Chorus

Loop 2:40 Third Chorus

Loop 3:00 Fourth Chorus

Loop 3:20 Fifth Chorus

Loop 3:40 Sixth Chorus

Loop 4:00 Seventh Chorus

Loop 4:20 Eighth Chorus

Loop 4:40 Ninth Chorus

Loop 5:00 Tenth Chorus and Ending





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Gagi Feb 03, 2020

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 17, 2020

Nicer touch with your breath control here, very good. Sounds much more in control and nuanced! Good work.

I would suggest next thing to work on would be more subtle control of bending. Some of the bends ar e great, while others are hit too hard and tend to go flat sometimes (this whenever harmonica players bend too hard). Overall GREAT JOB!!

Gagi Mar 12, 2020

Thanks Mr.dennis... Of course I'll practice

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Mar 13, 2020

If Dennis will allow me to comment ....

Sounds GREAT to me!

Dennis knows how I play and he will understand that, even though I'm not a "traditional style" player, I'm a little jealous of how good you sound at this style.

Gagi Nov 20, 2020

Larry "The Iceman". Check out my youtube channel : G harp monday

klaus meyer
klaus meyer Apr 08, 2019

One year later:

klaus meyer
klaus meyer Apr 09, 2018

Thank you Dennis ! Will work on it..

klaus meyer
klaus meyer Apr 08, 2018

Still not perfect but hope i´m on the right way...

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 08, 2018

Definitely on the right path...good job! Nice work with that. Softer breaths and running some of the notes together more smoothly (softer breaths will help that) will get it even closer, but I know thats easier said than done haha...real nice job with this! Thumbs up 

klaus meyer
klaus meyer Apr 08, 2018

Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Apr 08, 2018

You've got some pretty cool tone goin' there, and that sometimes is most of the battle! Crunchy

joe markey
joe markey Jan 01, 2016

I revisited Denise Gruenlng's Horton Suffle and felt the need to record this after a lot of work.  My playing is far from perfect or near to Dennis's playing but I learned a lot trying.  Thanks Dennis!

Joe in White Plains. 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 20, 2016

Thanks Joe! I'll be looking for it here. Keep blowin'!

Tominou Mar 08, 2015


is there a backing track of this song?


Paul W
Paul W 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.

tim james
tim james Feb 13, 2015

nah welcome  back to you!!!

top stuff mate!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 13, 2015

Thanks - glad to be back here! 

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Feb 13, 2015

Good to see you back.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 13, 2015

Thank you kindly! I'm excited about this one.


Larry "The Iceman"
Larry "The Iceman" Feb 13, 2015

Wow. Dennis captured the spirit of Big Walter on this one.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 13, 2015

Thanks Larry! 

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