Dennis Gruenling

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Lookin' Sharp

8th and 9th Chorus Breakdown

We're re-issuing one of Dennis's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Dennis:   

Hi Everyone - This week we wrap up my “Lookin’ Sharp" tribute to George “Harmonica” Smith. Staying in 3rd Position for Chorus 8 we will tackle building more tension with his approach to phrasing repeated riffs, more tremolo, more high 5-hole octaves, and even a subtle tongue trill. In Chorus 9 we wrap it up by going back to the original melodic theme of the song, but this time we are in 3rd Position. Looking back on what we covered, it’s clear to see that through his use of these varying textures and sounds, why George Smith was such a unique and exciting musician on the harmonica.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed working on this tribute to him here on Sonic Junction!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

G Harp in the Key of A

Loop 0:15 Run-Through of 8th and 9th Chrous

Loop 1:27 I Chord Breakdown of 8th Chorus

Loop 2:44 IV / I Chord Breakdown

Loop 3:15 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 3:45 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 4:54 Practice Loop of 8th Chorus

Loop 5:28 Breakdown of I Chord / 9th Chorus 

Loop 6:12 Breakdown of IV Chord 

Loop 6:38 Practice Loop of Bars 1-8 of 9th Chorus 

Loop 7:08 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars of 9th Chorus

Loop 8:50 Practice Loop of 8th and 9th Chorus




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