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Moan A Chrome

Seventh and Eighth Chorus Breakdown


Dennis Gruenling here to work through the final two sections of “Moan-A-Chrome”. This is the home stretch, and I’m sure by now you are getting the hang of these patterns and feeling more comfortable getting around the chromatic. For Chorus 7 I start it again with a faster phrased section, and followed by some distorted notes and tongue-vamping. Chorus 8 takes us back to the “head” of the song and we wrap it up with a nice blues chromatic ending lick. I hope you enjoyed experimenting with and moaning the blues on the chromatic with me here on Sonic Junction! Remember to keep working these scale patterns so they become second nature to you and then you can really start jamming on your own on the chromatic as well. See you next time!








Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chromatic Harmonica

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

C Chromatic Harmonica in the Key of D

Loop 0:17 7th and 8th Chorus Run-Through

Loop 1:40 Breakdown of First 4 Bars of 7th Chorus

Loop 4:16 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 4:48 Breakdown 7th Chorus V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 5:50 Practice Loop of 7th Chorus

Loop 6:35 Breakdown of 8th Chorus

Loop 8:33 Closing Thoughts





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Feb 17, 2020

another Chromatic song Please !!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Feb 17, 2020

Working on lots of new ideas, I'll work on that too!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 24, 2018

I agree with Robert! I don't know how you measure demand but I hope you'll do more with the chromatic. There's tons of great material on the site for diatonic so it would be great to have more on chromatic. 



Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jun 26, 2018


Robert Fox
Robert Fox Jun 24, 2018

Thanks for the great chromatic primer, Dennis - looking forward to more in the future (octaves, major key, etc)!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jun 26, 2018

Thank you! Hopefully there will be more, depending on demand. Maybe not so much "major" (as "regular blues" isn't truly major anyway), but if I do more chromaic, it will be diffrenet of course! Thanks

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Jun 23, 2018

Hey Dennis,

In one of the posts before this series actually started you posted a cut from a George Harmonica Smith record, "Harmonica Ace".  I got the CD this week and was listening to Blues in the Dark. The harp definitely has that chromatic sound to it but the song isn't in D, which got me wondering if he had a chromatic harp in a different key or was just playing a C harp in something other than 3rd position.  I was surprised to find that it sounds like he's playing in E-flat, basically just playing 3rd position with the button held down.  Do you concur?  Is that a common thing for Smith or others to do?



Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jun 26, 2018

Hi - Good questions...

- Yes, it is in Eb, and George plays it with the button in

- Is it common? It just depends on what key the song is, and/or what key the vocalist likes to sing in, if there is a vocalist

- I use several different key chromatics myself, not because I can't play in other positions, but because I like the sound of the chords in 3rd/10th position, and you can't get that chord sound in the other positions.


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