Dennis Gruenling

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Keep The Change

Sixth Chorus Breakdown

Hi Harp Lovers of Sonic Junction! In tis weeks lesson, we tackle chorus 6 of “Keep The Change” where we get away a bit from the riff-based approach. This chorus will include some distorted notes, more tongue-articulation, tremolo, and very important bends on hole 2 draw. The 2 draw bends in particular will probably feel a little weird at first, so be sure to work with your tuner and move your bends slowly.

See you next week as we head into the home stretch!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:20 Sixth Chorus Acoustically

Loop 0:56 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 3:06 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 3:21 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 10 (IV Chord and Back to I)

Loop 6:52 Turnaround Breakdown (Bars 11 - 12)

Loop 7:47 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 8:05 Triplet Tonguing and Working With a Tuner

Loop 8:46 Practice Loop of Sixth Chorus





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Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Oct 04, 2017

I think this is something I don't quite understand.  It's the 3rd of the B major scale right?  So when you're on a chord, you can play any note in the scale that has that chord as the root?

Grateful but confused,


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 04, 2017

Not exactly...

It's the 3rd of that key. Not of the "major" or "minor" scale...just of that key. The minor scale or chord would include the b3rd (flat third) and NOT the natural 3rd. There are many different types of scales and this is where some basic music theory comes in handy...though nothing too complicated.

Suffice to say that the 3rd in any scale (be it the natural 3rd in this case, or the flat 3rd in the case of a minor key) is always OK to play since it is one of the notes that actualy makes up the chord. The natural 3rd has a more melodic sound, the flat 3rd has a meaner/dirtier/sadder sound. You do not want to play a natural 3rd over a minor chord, but it is OK to play a flat 3rd over a natural chord, as long as you want to get a sadder/meaner type of mood from the note.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Sep 29, 2017

Hi Dennis,

Can you fill in a little theory on why the 2-draw half-step bend works over the 5-chord?  That's the major 7th of the scale and the 3rd of the B major chord?

Totally cool riff.  This lesson is giving my bends a workout.



Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 03, 2017

That note is just part of the chord (the 3rd of that scale). Unless you are playing a minor chord, that note (the 3rd) will work with any chord.

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